Kayla Mueller’s family hopeful she’s alive after Islamic State’s claim

February 7, 2015 11:46 AM

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The parents of a 26-year-old woman who Islamic State extremists say has been killed in an airstrike in northern Syria have said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive.

Kayla Mueller, whose identity had previously not been revealed at the request of the U.S. government and her family as the Pentagon worked to secure her, is believed to be the last American hostage the terrorist army is holding, since the beheading of Peter Kassig, a 26-year-old American aid worker,...

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