CBS News is confirming that North Korea has detained an 85-year-old American citizen who is a veteran of the Korean war.

Merrill Newman was reportedly in the country on a tourist visa and was pulled off a plane as he was about to leave.

The San Jose Mercury news reports this took place on October 26.

The U-S State Department says it has heard of an American detained by North Korea but didn't provide and explanation.

Newman is from Palo Alto and the resident of a retirement community.