VanDyke set to return from Libya within a few weeks

Journalist spent 5 1/2 months in Libyan prison

The death of Moammar Gadhafi might bring a South Baltimore woman one step closer to a reunion with her son.

Matthew VanDyke has been in Libya since earlier this year -- he spent nearly six months in one of Gadhafi's prisons before escaping in August.

He's undergone an astonishing transformation, from journalist and writer -- to machine-gun toting freedom fighter. "They think of him as a brother," Sharon VanDyke said. "I think they would do anything for him now. They see him, although he doesn't like this term, as an American hero to them."

Since escaping the prison, VanDyke has been fighting with rebel forces in that country. "I can't speak for him, but maybe it's some part of a form of therapy for him because Gadhafi took five and a half months of his life," she said.

Sharon VanDyke and Matthew's fiancé spoke with him Thursday night. He was in the town of Sirte, where Gadhafi was killed, and has now traveled to the capital of Tripoli.

He's expecting to return to Baltimore in a couple weeks.

"I think he'll want to come home, he'll want to tell his story to us," Sharon VanDyke said. "I mean he has a great story to tell. He's experienced something that no one else has experienced in this war."

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