Gao Zhisheng, the Christian human rights activists, has gone missing since February 4 of last year. CT reported on his story in detail here. China has refused to let anyone make contact with him, so the fear has been that he has been killed–a threat prison officials made during his last imprisonment if he revealed how they had tortured him.
The New York Times reported yesterday that Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi's comments on Gao, though rare, were opaque at best.
Now, the BBC reports that Gao's brother in China says he spoke by phone with his brother on Feb. 28 or March 1. Read the BBC story for a complete update.