ABC News affiliate WSET spoke to the boy’s father, Heiko Lunsmann, who said he’s so happy he’s getting his son back.
Father of Kidnapped Teen Talks About Son’s Escape:
“I’m so proud of my son, he’s a hero, he wandered two days through the jungle,” Heiko Lunsmann said.
“That was a tough time, it was tough five months,” he said. “I only know he is a hero and I’m so happy he escaped.”
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When he spoke to this father for the first time the boy proudly said, “I did it on my own, Dad, they didn’t release me, I did it,” family friend Jean Gowen told ABC News.
Kevin Lunsmann said he convinced his four armed captors that he was going to take a bath at a nearby stream, but then he decided to make a run for it. He followed a river down a mountain in Basilan province before being found with bruises on his arms and feet late the next day by villagers.
Campbell Co., VA – A 14-year-old boy will soon be coming home to Campbell County after spending the last five months in the hands of the militant group Abu Sayyef.
Kevin Lunsmann and his mother were kidnapped this summer while vacationing in the Philippines.
She was released in October when her husband paid a ransom. But the known Islamic terrorist group went back on their word and kept Kevin to hold out for more money.
But a few days ago, Lunsmann earned his freedom after a daring escape, an escape he told authorities he had been planning for weeks.
He says when he got his chance, he took it. And that comes as no surprise to one of his favorite teachers.
Teacher Talks About Teen Who Escaped Filipino Captors:
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