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Facebook page of student missing in N. Korea mysteriously reappears

Australian student Alek Sigley. File

Australian student Alek Sigley. File   | Photo Credit: AP

Alek Sigley’s page was removed again on Sunday afternoon

The Facebook page of an Australian man missing in North Korea reappeared, then disappeared again, on Saturday, hours before Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia is still trying to find out what has happened to him.

Alek Sigley, one of only a handful of Western students in the country, has been missing for several days. His family had taken down his social media accounts to prevent unnecessary speculation online. Mr. Sigley’s Facebook page reappeared overnight, but it is not known who reinstated it, or why. It had disappeared again on Saturday by 2 p.m. Sydney time and remained down on Sunday morning. Mr. Sigley’s last posts on his Twitter and Facebook profiles are from Monday, June 24, and his family has not heard from him since Tuesday. Speaking from the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Prime Minister Morrison said he had spoken to Mr. Sigley’s family and said Australia was still trying to find out what happened to him.

When asked if President Donald Trump’s visit to the Korean demilitarised zone presented an opportunity for the Americans to make representations, Mr. Morrison said he would not allow the issue to be taken up with other agendas.

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