Update: According to his parents, Otto Warmbier has been released but has been in a coma for over a year now.
"Otto has left North Korea. He is on Medivac flight on his way home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only one week ago," said Fred and Cindy Warmbier in a statement.
They continued: "We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in North Korean. We are so grateful that he will finally be with people who love him."
Apparently, the 22-year-old contracted "botulism" while imprisoned a North Korea work camp.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.
Warmbier, a student from the University of Virginia, from Cincinnati, OH was sentenced in March 2016 after a tearful public confession.
Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S. to be reunited with his family. The State Department issued a statement that Warmbier’s release was secured at the direction of President Donald Trump.
Tillerson went on to say that the State Department continues to discuss the three other detained Americans with North Korea.
Please stay tuned for updates as this story continues to unfold.