David Sneddon was 24 years old when he decided to travel to South Korea to serve as a missionary. A devout mormon, David was finishing up a linguistics degree at Brigham Young University. In August of 2004, David went on a hike to explore the rest of the Yunnan Province in China.
A few days later, David’s brother, who had been staying in Seoul, South Korea, was shocked to find that his brother hadn’t met up with him there like they had planned. In fact, he wasn’t even answering his phone. Fearing the worst, his family contacted the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. An official there told his mother that “You can’t lose an American in China,” and dismissed her concerns…