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Ore. Man Killed In Algeria Siege Felt Safe

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Algerian security and forensic officers monitor as body bags of victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria's deep south are unloaded from refrigerated trucks in In Amenas that are transporting the bodies to hospital for identification on January 21, 2012. Two days after Algerian forces ended a hostage crisis at a desert gas plant, the exact toll of those killed in the bloodbath remained unknown, amid fears the total number of hostages who died could reach 50. (Photo by FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Algerian security and forensic officers monitor as body bags of victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria’s deep south are unloaded from refrigerated trucks in In Amenas that are transporting the bodies to hospital for identification on January 21, 2012. Two days after Algerian forces ended a hostage crisis at a desert gas plant, the exact toll of those killed in the bloodbath remained unknown, amid fears the total number of hostages who died could reach 50. (Photo by FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Friends say one of the American hostages killed in the siege at a natural gas complex in Algeria was planning to retire soon to his family’s cabin in a remote former gold-mining town in Eastern Oregon so he could spend more time hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and visiting family.

Longtime friends Toni Thompson and Myron Woodley in Sumpter said Tuesday that 58-year-old Gordon Lee Rowan had spent Christmas with his two sons in California, and then left Sumpter the first week in January to fly out of Boise, Idaho, for another monthlong shift at the gas field.

They say that Rowan was a petroleum engineer who felt safe working at the outpost in the Sahara and that he had been planning to retire soon, but decided to continue working to finish up a new project.

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