American hostage from Dearborn Heights released from Yemen


A 54-year-old Dearborn Heights man being held as a hostage for nearly six months in Yemen has been released, according to NBC News.

Two Americans who were being held in the war-ravaged country have been released and sent to Oman, the White House said Sunday.


NBC News confirmed the identities of the freed men as Scott Darden, a 45-year-old working for a New Orleans logistics firm, and Sam Farran, a 54-year-old security consultant from Michigan.

Darden and Farran had been held since March 27 after being detained by Shiite Houthi rebels fighting government forces in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Darden was helping to deliver aid throughout the region for Transoceanic Development and relief organizations among its clients, spokesman Ken Luce told the Associated Press.

"I am speechless," Darden's wife, Diana Loesch, told The Washington Post. "I am really thankful for all the diplomatic efforts."

An administration official tells NBC News securing their release was complicated given the lack of cooperation from the Houthi rebels, as well as the violence and instability in the region. The recently created Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, led by the FBI, helped with the effort, according to this official.

The war in Yemen has pitted Shiite Houthi rebels and forces fighting for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against fighters loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists. The conflict escalated in March as a Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition launched airstrikes against the Houthis.


Information courtesy of NBC News