As the U.S. government works feverishly to find Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, residents of the quiet community where Bergdahl grew up are remembering a spunky young man who they described as easy going, and always eager to try new things, even ballet.
Bergdahl, 23, of Hailey, Idaho, went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan June 30, and on July 3, officials declared him "missing-captured."
Residents of Hailey and neighboring Ketchum are displaying their patriotism and best wishes for Bergdahl's safe return.
Hailey resident Jackie Mizer told ABC News that word of Bergdahl's capture has been tough for the community to take. "It's a horrible thing to happen to anyone, but when it strikes home, it's much worse. It's much more personal," she said.
All around town, residents like Mizer are putting up signs, candles and yellow ribbons, small gestures with a much larger meaning. "I'm hoping that the sign, as simple as it is, indicates to the family that we're thinking about them," Mizer said.
"They're clearly shaken," family friend Sue Martin told "Good Morning America" of the Bergdahls today. "It's a struggle for everybody. I think they're doing as well as can be expected."
Martin owns Zany's Coffee shop, where Bergdahl worked for about two years.
As the family requests their privacy during this difficult time, the coffee shop has become a hub for locals and outsiders alike to express their support and concerns. Owner Sue Martin tells ABC News they've received calls from as far away as Jamaica.
Martin tells ABC News that Bergdahl "worked hard and was well-liked by customers."
"He was very easy going. He joked with them (customers) and was very helpful and was a very intelligent young man. And I think he appreciated customers and they appreciated him."
Martin said Bergdahl was always trying new and different things, including ballet.
"He's very athletic and strong and ballet is a natural fit in that regard but he did take a lot of pressure for being a young man in ballet so everybody was joking with him continually about it until the picture came out in the local paper and he was surrounded by beautiful young women and then it became clear why Bowe went to every practice," she said.
However as many in the community speak out about his capture, his family continues to request privacy.
Today in a press conference Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling read the following statement on behalf of Bergdahl's family:
"We've been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and concern towards Bowe and our family. As you know, the situation is extremely difficult for everyone involved. We'd like to remind all of you our sole focus is seeing our beloved son Bowe safely home. Please continue to keep Bowe in your thoughts and prayers, and we ask for your continued acceptance of our need for privacy in this difficult situation. Thank you."
Femling took questions from the press, but declined to answer questions about Bowe.
Bergdahl's family got their first glimpse of the soldier this weekend when the Taliban posted an online video of Bergdahl eating a meal and speaking of his imprisonment.
"I am scared -- scared I won't be able to come home," Bergdahl says in the video. "It is very unnerving to be a prisoner."
Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, out of Fort Richardson, Alaska.