Kayla Mueller's parents have claimed that there is a chance that she might still be alive and that ISIS forged her death.
In an emotional interview with Today on Wednesday morning, Carl and Marsha Mueller said they believed that their voluntary daughter – who was held hostage by ISIS in 2013 and believed to be killed by them after 18 months in captivity – might not be dead.
They say the only clear evidence that Kayla was murdered is that ISIS claimed responsibility for killing her and three photos of her alleged corpse that they now say are questionable.
The Arizona couple say while their hope that they are still alive is just a & # 39; one percent chance & # 39; is, they will not be satisfied until they bring her remains home.
The couple's comments come days after President Trump announced that a special operation team had killed Kayla & # 39; s prisoner, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a weekend attack.
The mission was named after her – something her parents said she had brought to tears when the president called on them to inform them about the death of al-Baghdad.
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Carl and Marsha Mueller appeared on Wednesday today to share their belief that there is a & # 39; one percent chance & # 39; is that their daughter Kayla is still alive
Kayla was held hostage in 2013 during her work as a social worker. She was raped in captivity by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed the weekend of a raid
Carl, who fought in tears when he described how the & # 39; bad & # 39; ISIS leader raped his good-natured daughter who had come to serve as a rescuer at the height of the Syrian civil war when she was held hostage, explained why the couple had hope she lived.
& # 39; They [the government] never take one piece of information and act accordingly. They must have at least two, maybe three before it is usable. They never take information from a terrorist group as factual.
& # 39; The only one on which they have based Kayla & # 39; s death is one, ISIS said she was dead … and two, he photographs. We've had people look at those photos … they don't know for sure, & he said.
He explained that he and his wife have since heard of Yazidi girls who have managed to escape from ISIS imprisonment that the terrorists have often taken those photos to make the homeland of hostages believe they were dead while they were not.
& # 39; They would have the hostages take those death photos. We were warned about that, & Carl said.
Marsha added that while there is a chance of & # 39; 99 percent & # 39; that Kayla is dead, she will not be completely satisfied until they take her body home and see for themselves.
Carl swallowed tears when he described how his daughter would go under the covers and cry & # 39; after she was raped by al-Baghdadi
In the & # 39; death photo & # 39; s & # 39; she said that her daughter's body was completely covered and that only her face could be seen. She had a cut on her cheek and looked & # 39; lifeless & # 39 ;, Marsha said, but she still remained hopeful that maybe she was alive because of her faith.
& # 39; Ninety-nine percent of that, my hope, is that Kayla is really with the Lord and Savior … he came through for us at such wonderful times when we only lost hope, but something would always happen.
& # 39; We did take the three pictures, but Kayla was completely covered. The only thing you could see was her face. It is awful to look at it, she looks lifeless to me, but then we started getting these messages that she wasn't gone and don't be surprised if ISIS did this.
& # 39; We have not always been told the truth. People thought I was crazy, but until she gets home … we have to find her. We really have to discover what happened to her because we just don't know. & # 39;
Carl said he had told President Trump about the & # 39; one percent chance & # 39; that Kayla is still alive during a telephone conversation of & # 39; 18 minutes & # 39; after the al-Baghdadi mission.
& # 39; We still have many questions. Of course, after expressing his condolences and telling us what he knew, he said, "Mr. President, we have some questions," and he said, "What are your questions?"
& # 39; I told him and then there was a break and he said: & # 39; Do you have more? & # 39;
& # 39; I said, "Yes, sir, I do and we kept talking. I could tell him about our one percent chance that Kayla is still alive and why we feel that one percent is still there.
Satellite image of the residence of the former ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria, near the village of Barisha
& # 39; He said, "I had never heard of that. I will keep an eye on that Monday."
In other parts of the interview, Carl cried while describing that some Yazidi girls had told him they were sitting with Kayla but managed to escape how al-Baghdadi had raped his daughter.
& # 39; It's not second-hand what happened to Kayla. He did those things. She was with him for a short time, but he raped her many times.
& # 39; She was being held in a house where they would tell her "get ready, he's coming."
& # 39; One of the Yazidi girls who escaped said that when she came back, she would go to her bed and just lie under the covers and cry, & # 39; Carl said, swallowing his own tears.
The couple said it was an incredible & # 39; gift & # 39; was that the operation to kill him was named after their daughter.
& # 39; I want to thank those brave soldiers and compliment the president on that successful mission. Great, great job, & Carl said.
He said, however, that there were no words to explain the feeling that she was told that her prisoner had been murdered.
& # 39; I am happy that the evil person is naturally gone, I have come up with a small answer and that is, if you are a parent and this man did what he did Kayla with your child and then they got him, how would you feeling you? The parents? I think they can answer that question without saying much more. & # 39;
Trump called the ISIS terrorist a & # 39; gutless animal & # 39; When he announced his death.
& # 39; She was there to help people … and he was an animal. A naughty animal, & he said about how he made Kayla cruel.
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