It was believed that he died but it is now known that David was kidnapped and forced to work as corpulent Kim Jong Un's personal tutor in Pyongyang, where he remains to this day. The information comes from a South Korean activist organization.
Sneddon was hiking at the time of his disappearance. The Chinese police and U.S. Embassy could not find him and it was theorized that the young man likely fell to his death in Tiger Leaping Gorge.
His parents didn't believe that theory. They believed he was kidnapped by North Korea and they think he's being held hostage.
On Wednesday, a Japanese media source claimed that Sneddon was abducted by North Korean government agents and taken 2,500 miles from Yunnan Province in China where he vanished. Yahoo News Japan reported that Sneddon became and English tutor to rotund Kim and is now thought to have a lovely wife and two fabulous children.
The Japanese news outlet, which obtained its information from South Korea's Abductees' Family Union, said that Sneddon lives in Pyongyang and teaches English there. His parents said they believe that David was for training purposes due to his fluency in Korean.
Sneddon grew up in Nebraska and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Korea. His mother, Kathleen Sneddon, said that his kidnapping "doesn't surprise me at all."
The State Department and John "Hair-plugs" Kerry have launched an investigation into Sneddon's disappearance.
If it is learned that Sneddon was indeed taken by North Korea, you can bet that Kerry will be ready with some strong words like: "We condemn this kidnapping in the strongest terms possible."
But if there comes a time when kidnappings by North Korea become routine, we can count on Kerry recommending to the press not to report them.