New video has surfaced of a Northwest soldier who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009.

U.S. military officials have yet to release it, but the video is the first sign in three years that Bowe Bergdahl is still alive.

According to nbc news, it shows the soldier from Idaho looking frail and shaky. The video reportedly includes a time reference of December 14th 2013, and mentions the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela.

His parents declined Wednesday to talk on camera, but a family friend spoke on their behalf.

They are encouraged that information was released on Bowe's behalf, that he's alive and well, said Sue Martin. They just continually stress that they miss their son.

The soldier's parents released a statement through the Idaho National Guard, that includes a personal message to their son.

BOWE If see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe! the statement read.

Bergdahl was captured in June 2009 and is believed to now be held in Pakistan by Taliban-linked militants.

They have released several videos of him since then, but the last one was more than three years ago.

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