April 28, 2003


ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) Algerian authorities found a vehicle in the Sahara desert that likely belonged to a German couple who are among 31 European tourists missing in the north African country, a security official said Sunday.

The discovery may provide one of the most important clues into the disappearances since the Algerian military began searching in mid-February, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The four-wheel drive vehicle was “practically buried under sand” near the remote town of Illizi, 930 miles southwest of the capital, Algiers, he said. Its battery had been removed.