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Otto Warmbier's father attending Olympics as Vice President Mike Pence's guest

Posted at 5:23 AM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 11:13:37-05

SEOUL -- The father of Otto Warmbier, the Cincinnati-area college student who was jailed in North Korea and died shortly after he was returned to the United States, will attend the Olympics Opening Ceremonies this Friday.

The Washington Post reports Fred Warmbier is flying to South Korea as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence.

The Warmbiers also attended President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires truly us all,” Trump said to the Warmbiers. “Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto's memory with total American resolve.”

The 22-year-old Otto returned from North Korea in a coma, but answers as to exactly what happened remain elusive. 

The Warmbiers described horrific physical trauma to national media outlets, but Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco disputed that account in her official report.