U.S. Peace Corps Director Visits Philippines as Search for Missing Volunteer Continues

MANILA, APRIL 16, 2007 - U.S. Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter arrived in the Philippines this evening to consult with Philippine officials regarding the ongoing search for a missing U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Peace Corps Volunteer Julia Campbell

Ms. Julia Campbell was last seen on Sunday, April 8 in Banaue, Ifugao Province, Northern Luzon. She reportedly intended to hike in a hilly area near Batad, 1.5 kilometers east of Banaue town, and was unaccompanied. Ms. Campbell is a 40-year old Caucasian American with blonde hair, eyeglasses, 1.7 meters tall (5 feet, 7 inches), weighing 58 kilograms.

Director Tschetter will travel to the Banaue area on April 17 to meet with American and Filipino authorities involved in the search, learn about the efforts being made and express his gratitude for their assistance. In Manila, he will meet with Philippine Government officials, and will also meet with a gathering of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers and staff members.

Peace Corps Volunteer Julia Campbell
Anyone who has seen Ms. Campbell anytime after April 8, or who may have information on her movements or current location, should call Mr. John Borja, Safety and Security Officer of the Peace Corps - Philippines at (011) 0920-900-5270.

For additional information on the Peace Corps Director\'s press availability please contact the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy, Manila (011) 63-2-528-6300.

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