Taken from CNN.COM:
Sources: U.S. Journalist Daniel Pearl is dead
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped nearly a month ago on his way to interview a Muslim fundamentalist leader in Pakistan, is dead.
A senior U.S. administration source said law enforcement officials received a videotape in recent hours that gave them reason to believe the 38-year-old Pearl was dead. The source would not elaborate.
His abduction on January 23 prompted appeals from top U.S. and Pakistani officials for his release, and resulted in the arrests of several people believed to have been involved in the kidnapping, including the alleged ringleader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.
His wife, Mariane, is pregnant with their first child.
"We now believe, based on reports from the U.S. State Department and police officials of the Pakistani province of Sind, that Danny Pearl was killed by his captors. We are heartbroken at his death," said Peter R. Kann, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and Paul E. Steiger, the paper's managing editor, said in a joint statement.
"Danny was an outstanding colleague, a great reporter, and a dear friend of many at the Journal."