A Pakistani police chief claimed Thursday that officers had freed a kidnapped American development expert but then he swiftly retracted the statement. The U.S. also said it could not confirm that Warren Weinstein, 70, had been released.
Weinstein was kidnapped almost two weeks ago from the eastern city of Lahore.
Lahore police chief Malik Ahmed Raza Tahir said police traced Weinstein to the city of Khushab, 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Lahore, and freed him early Thursday. Tahir backtracked about an hour later and said he could not confirm or deny Weinstein was free.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad also said it has no evidence the American was recovered.
"We have no information that would confirm recovery of Warren Weinstein, but we are hoping for a positive outcome," the U.S. embassy said on Twitter.