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Reporter missing in Russia found


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MOSCOW, Russia -- An American reporter who was briefly unaccounted for near Russia's rebel Chechnya region has been found, the news group said.

Police earlier said Rebecca Santana, Moscow bureau chief for Cox Newspapers//Atlanta Journal Constitution, was last seen on Sunday near the city of Mozdok in North Ossetia.

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But Andrew Alexander, head of Cox's Washington bureau, which manages the organisation's non-U.S. offices, said she had been found on Wednesday.

"She has been found. We have verified it from a number of sources," he told Reuters. "We are awaiting details of the circumstances."

Friends of the journalist said she was returning to Moscow.

Continuing violence in Chechnya has made the region largely inaccessible to foreign reporters, although some occasionally visit its capital, Grozny.

Disappearances and kidnappings are common in or near Chechnya. No foreigner has gone missing though since Dutch aid worker Arjan Erkel was seized at gunpoint in 2002. He remains unaccounted for.


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