A Palo Alto man who says he was wrongly imprisoned in Nepal has been released and returned to the Bay Area this weekend.
Wolf Price, a Palo Alto High School graduate who started the Beyond the Four Walls Endowment Fund to change the status and fortunes of girls and women in the impoverished country, posted messages online about his return.
"As of today I'm free from jail and already on the way to USA via Qatar," he wrote Aug. 31 on a GoFundMe page his mother created to raise money for his release, including to pay for legal fees. "I can't explain how thankful and humbled I am by all the support through this fund. Without you I really could have been years in jail because having a top quality lawyer was key to get justice."
The family raised close to $20,000 through the GoFundMe campaign.
Price called the five months and eight days he spent in jail "the biggest challenge of my life."
Price was arrested shortly after recording an altercation between a 15-year-old boy and the teen's sister, said his mother, Mary Bartnikowski, in a previous interview, but the arrest may also be due to controversial photographs of Price that had surfaced. According to Nepalese news reports, Price had posed in wedding garb with the erotic actress Archana Paneru in what she later admitted was a sham marriage she had arranged to allegedly garner publicity.
He was held in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, without being charged for any crime.
Price wrote on Facebook that an "extensive investigation" was conducted into his case and he was released after a judgment was issued last week.
On Sunday, he posted a photo of the sun setting over the wing of an airplane at San Francisco Airport with the caption, "Officially home."