Talking to RIA-NOVOSTI, people at the republican emergency-situations ministry, as well as officials from the Russian President's special mission in North Ossetia and Ingushetia, noted that they knew nothing about a US journalist, who was allegedly missing in Mozdok.
A US Embassy press release, which was received by RIA-NOVOSTI here today, notes that the US reporter had vanished in the vicinity of Mozdok February 8, 2004.
The US Embassy has already sent an official appeal to the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office, also informing the national Interior Ministry about the missing journalist, the statement reads in part.
However, the US Embassy declined to say anything about the missing correspondent, citing a law, which expressly forbids anyone to disclose private-life information.
The missing journalist's name is Rebecca Santana, RIA-Novosti interlocutor at the Moscow city police department said.
A consul serving with the US Embassy in Moscow contacted the police in the evening of February 10, saying that journalist Rebecca Santana, 32, of the Cox news service had disappeared on Sunday, a city police-department spokesman noted.
Santana was representing the large Cox Newspapers company in Russia. This company has a daily print run of more than one million copies.