Ivory Coast Finds Remains; May Be Missing Reporter

Published January 7, 2012 3:27PM (EST)

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A minister in Ivory Coast says authorities have unearthed human remains that may be those of a French and Canadian journalist who disappeared in the country's commercial capital in 2004.

Justice Minister Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou said Saturday the remains were found in the western town of Issia, but he did not provide further details.

Guy-Andre Kieffer, who was 54 when he disappeared, was working in Abidjan as an independent journalist, writing articles about corruption in Ivory Coast.

His family maintains he was targeted by the Ivorian government for his reporting, and says he spent two days in a jail cell at the presidential palace after he went missing. The government denied any involvement in his disappearance.

By Salon Staff

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