Nederland family awaits word on Algerian hostage

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:25:34 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 20 2013 11:27:28 PM CST
Nederland family home
NEDERLAND, Texas -

A family in Nederland continues to await word from the government on the fate of an Algerian hostage.

The city of Nederland is relatively small. With around 17,000 people, it's not hard to find someone you know. With the world watching the hostage situation in Algeria, a community waits to see if their loved one is safe.

Cars surrounded the home where a person held hostage in Algeria lives. The U.S. State Department hasn't released his name or status at this time.

Meanwhile, his family said they've turned to their church for comfort and prayers.

"They are a good family, close family. They got a supportive, extended family," said Father Dan Malain from St. Charles Catholic Church.

On Sunday afternoon, BP released the following statement, that reads in part:

"BP remains gravely concerned about four of its employees who are missing. There is no further confirmed information regarding their status at this time. BP group chief executive Bob Dudley and other executives have spoken to the families to offer the company’s full support at this deeply tragic time."

Another local man, Frederick Buttaccio, 58, was a BP employee held hostage in Algeria. He was one of the dozens who were killed.

His family in Katy said they're remembering him for his loving heart, caring nature and sense of humor. Now all they can do is await news of when his body will return home.