Merrill Newman, a retired finance executive and Red Cross volunteer, in Palo Alto in 2005. The 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War has been
Merrill Newman, a retired finance executive and Red Cross volunteer, in Palo Alto in 2005. The 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War has been detained in North Korea since last month. The son of Merrill Newman told the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday his father was taken off a plane set to leave North Korea on Oct. 26. Jeffrey Newman said no reason was given. (Nicholas Wright/Palo Alto Weekly)