McKinleyville Man Reported to Be Kidnapped in Niger
Jeff Woodke, a McKinleyville man, is widely reported to have been kidnapped in Niger. According to a report in the Daily Mail, “Gunmen stormed the house of a longtime American aid worker in Niger, killing two people before fleeing with the man toward the border with Mali, authorities said.” The article identifies Woodke as the man kidnapped.
Jeff Woodke’s Facebook page has comments on it indicating he lived in Niger and is married. His bio on Redwood Coast School of Missions states, “[Woodke] earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Wildlife Management and a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Systems and International Development.” The bio also indicates that he founded a ministry in Niger which he operated for over 25 years.