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Yellow ribbons in Hailey, Idaho, show support for captured soldier

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HAILEY, Idaho. - In Hailey, Idaho, yellow ribbons line the streets. Volunteers spent the day distributing them, a show of support for 23-year-old Bowe Bergdahl.

The Army Private and Hailey native vanished from his base on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border July 1, 2009.

He appeared on video released on the Internet this weekend. Visually under duress, Bergdahl spoke about his family.

He said, "I'm afraid that I might never see them again."

His captors can be heard prompting Bergdahl to give a message to Americans.

The U.S. military calls the tape propaganda and a violation of International law.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, "Our commanders are sparing no effort to find this young soldier."

Bergdahl's family is staying out of the spotlight. In written statements they thanked the public for the support and asked for their privacy.

"The family does not want to risk anything to inflame the situation of the captors. And, you see how easy that can happen," said Blaine County Idaho Sheriff Walt Femling. "Their total focus is on Bowe."

Those who know him describe Bergdhal as popular, a free spirit who likes everything from riding his bike to ballet. Bergdahl danced in the local troupe and worked at this coffee shop before joining the Army.

Now the wait is on for his safe return. Military officials say Bergdahl appears to be unharmed in the video. An intensive search for him is underway.

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