LOS ANGELES — The body of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal journalist kidnapped and slain by Islamic militants, arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday, a family spokesman said.
The body was flown to this country on a Cathay Pacific flight that arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 2:53 p.m., said James Lee, a spokesman for Pearl’s parents, who live in a suburb of the city.
The family intends to plan a private funeral service in the next week. Lee declined further comment, citing the family’s desire for privacy.
Pearl, 38, was kidnapped Jan. 23 in Karachi while working on a story about links between Pakistani Islamic extremists and Richard C. Reid, who was arrested in December on a flight to Miami with explosives in his shoes.
Pakistani aviation officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the flight carrying Pearl’s body left Karachi at 1:30 a.m., with stops in Bangkok and Hong Kong.