Pentagon IDs Soldier Caught by Taliban
He may have been visiting a woman when caught: officials
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2009 6:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pentagon officials have confirmed that Bowe Bergdahl, 23, is the captured US soldier seen this weekend in a Taliban video, ABC News reports. Bergdahl says in the video that he was caught after falling behind in a foot patrol, but Defense Department officials say he may have left his Paktika Province base at night with Afghan soldiers to meet a woman. He may have also had past behavioral problems, they said.

Officials simply declared him "missing-captured" on July 3. Today, Bergdahl's family in Hailey, Idaho, is keeping a low profile at the request of military officials. "We hope and pray for our son's safe return to his comrades and then to his family," the Bergdahls said in a statement.