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April 19, 2010
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September 9, 1965
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/04/19: CIA-RDP75-00149R000500360039-9 Drl OU IS , SEIZED BY SOVJET /, He Vanishes Near Border on Northern Norway Visit NTE.il{LINES, Norway, Sept. 8` (1TI'I)--Soviet border police-, non have arrested a 27-y6ar-old American who left his hotel' here on it sightseeing trip last Saturday, the chief of police of this northern Norwegian town said tonight The American, Newcomb Mott' of Sheffield, Mass works for the Van Nostrand Book Com- pany of Princeton, N. J. 1-1 is whereahnnt. h,A r n,. STAT it since Saturday. I{irltcnes is about 10 mile from the Soviet border above the Arctic Circle. The Kirkenes police chief said, that Norwegian border officials had information from Soviet' police confirming Mr. Mott's ar- rest on the Soviet side,of the frontier. L Father Is hopeful SH N'IIELD, Mass., Sept. 8 (UPI)-HoWard S. Mott, al Sheffield book dealer, said to- day, when notified of his son's) disappearance in Nor-', y' "If he's in .the hands of s_ sians, I hope he'll be returned safely, I hope theyclon't shoot." After talking with officials in the State Department, he said he was told there was ,not too much to worry about," The of-. ficiais said that a small border town in the area was recently! opened. to tourists and they speculated that his son had, gone there, Mr. Mott said. The younger Mr. Mott was born'in White Plains, N. Y., and is a graduate of Antioch Col- ]ege, Yellow Springs, Ohio. His mother and father had planned to leave for Europe next week, to meet their son in London. Embassy Presses 22racz ~~ MOSCOW, Sept. 8 (U?:/- The The United States Embassy pressed the Soviet Government I today for information about Mr. Mott, but a spokesman said, "We have no word yet." He said that under current Soviet- American consular arrange- ments the Russians. are under no obligation to tell the Ameri- cans of the detention of a United States citizen or answer Embassy questions. \Vorl.ed as Book Salesman Edward M. Crane, president of the Van Nostrand Book Com- pany, said yesterday in Prince-j ton that Mr. Mott had been em-' ployed by the company for about two-and a half years as a, textbook representative who visited college campuses. He said that Mr. Mott was on a vacation at the time of hi.c a,- Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/04/19: CIA-RDP75-00149R000500360039-9