Oregon woman detained in East Timor is headed home

“I am thrilled to report that Dr. Stacey Addison has gotten her passport back, and is now on a plane returning home here to Oregon,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) said. “This is terrific news for Stacey, for her family, and for all the Oregonians who have followed Stacey’s story and helped support her from afar,” Merkley said in a statement.

Addison, 41, was detained in September in the small Southeast Asian nation in a drug case in which she says she’s innocent.

Kero told CNN in November that the case was a “nightmare.”

Journalist Wayne Lovell in Dili and CNN’s Greg Morrison from Atlanta. CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia in New York and Jason Hanna in Atlanta also contributed.