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May 17, 2024

FBI Marks the 10th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Paul Edwin Overby Jr.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Paul Edwin Overby Jr. from Afghanistan. In 2014, Overby, an American writer, disappeared in Khost Province, Afghanistan, where he was conducting research for a book. Prior to his disappearance, Overby suggested that he planned to cross the border into Pakistan for his research. 

In May 2018, the FBI Washington Field Office announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading directly to the safe location, recovery, and return of Overby. The reward remains unclaimed. The FBI is dedicated to locating American citizens overseas and returning them home to their families. In addition, the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is still offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location, recovery, and return of Paul Overby. 

"This month marks 10 years since the disappearance of Paul Overby, and we want to use this occasion to renew our public call for information that could lead to his whereabouts," said David Sundberg, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. "In 2014, Mr. Overby went missing along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and since then, the FBI has continued to work to return him to his family. The FBI has a commitment to our citizens, victims, and their families to seek answers on their behalf. We once again ask for the public to contact the FBI with any information about Mr. Overby." 

We encourage anyone with information concerning the kidnapping of Paul Edwin Overby Jr. to contact the FBI or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate or submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov. Tips can be kept strictly confidential.