Outside‘s Chris Vogel wrote a seemingly unbelievable story about the disappearance of American David Sneddon:

What most Americans don’t know is that North Korea has been systematically kidnapping foreigners for the past 60 years. Since the Korean War Armistice in 1953, North Korea is suspected to have abducted 3,824 South Koreans (in addition to more than 100,000 taken during the war) and as many as 100 Japanese and 200 Chinese. According to the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, there have been at least 25 additional abductees from countries including France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Romania, and Thailand.

Vogel’s story takes us on an emotional journey that must mimic what these families have gone through: walking us from “surely this couldn’t have happened” to “surely it happened this way.”