Wife of U.S. Navy Vet, Jailed in Thailand, Pleads for Help in First ‘Missing Americans Project’ Video

Jeff Dunsavage, founder of The Missing Americans Project, interviews Tanya Keller, whose husband Derek has been detained on alleged fraud charges in Thailand.

BANGKOK, THAILAND — The wife of a U.S. Navy veteran jailed in Thailand is seeking public pressure on Thai officials and the U.S. government to work to free her husband from what she says are false charges of fraud in the southeast Asian country.

In the first episode of The Missing Americans Project, Jeff Dunsavage interviews Tanya Keller, whose husband, Derek, was arrested in Thailand on fraud charges that his family says were manufactured. Keller faces a trial starting later this week that could lead to his imprisonment for up to 29 years.

The Missing Americans Project, a ten-year-old resource and activist organization for families of Americans jailed or missing in other countries, has launched a video interview series produced in the SBN studios.

Dunsavage, a Dunellen, New Jersey, resident, founded MAP when his brother Joe disappeared off the coast of the Roatán resort in Honduras, and his family discovered how little help was provided in such cases by either local law enforcement, the government of the host country, or even from the US Embassy in that location.

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