Remains of 2 US Contractors Recovered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities have recovered the remains of two U.S. contractors who were kidnapped in Iraq more than a year ago, the FBI said Monday.

The men were among five U.S. Western contractors kidnapped in separate incidents. Their disappearance received new attention earlier this month when the severed fingers of the men were sent to the U.S. military in Iraq.

The FBI identified the contractors Monday as Ronald Withrow of Roaring Springs, Texas, and John Roy Young of Kansas City, Mo.

Withrow worked for JPI Worldwide when he was kidnapped in January 2007. Young worked for Crescent Security Group when he was kidnapped in November 2006.

The FBI said it had notified the families of the two men.

Young's mother, Sharon DeBrabander, said Monday that she had heard the reports but then said her family had been told by the FBI not to comment. She said she may be able to respond in a day or two.

Withrow's mother, Barbara Alexander said, "You just can't really be prepared for any news like that, especially when you had hope that your son is alive."

"I know he's safe from all harm now. We're bringing him home," Alexander said by telephone from her home in Afton, Texas. "That was what our main concern was. And that they're not going to hurt him anymore."

In a brief statement, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the kidnapping was under investigation. The statement offered no details about the other missing men.

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