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A Statement On My Friends, Three U.S. Hikers Reportedly Detained at Iran/Iraq Border

"I hope that people understand my friends' presence in the area for what it was: a simple and very regrettable mistake."

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I sent Shane two text messages, one at 12:50 PM and one at 1:22 PM, to which he did not respond. At 1:33 PM I received a call from Shane during which he told me that they were being taken into custody and that I should call the embassy.

I hope that people understand my friends' presence in the area for what it was: a simple and very regrettable mistake.

Shon Meckfessel is the fourth member of a party of U.S. hikers, three of whom went missing on July 31.