ATLANTA, US - Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue mysteriously disappeared yesterday - after mistakenly believing he was about to become the victim of a bloodless "velvet revolution".
Police were called to the Republican governor's ranch late last night by his distraught wife Mary after she discovered that the house safe had been emptied and the family helicopter was not on the launch pad.
Eye witness Molly Spriggett, the Perdues' chief housekeeper, explained that her boss had become restless after watching a CNN newsflash showing scenes of angry Georgians threatening to storm the local seat of power claiming that election results had been rigged.
"As soon as this story about a revolution in Georgia came on, he was out of his armchair and making a string of frantic phone calls," she whispered. "He kept muttering that if today it was him, tomorrow it would be George Dubya. After twenty minutes he was gone - without saying a word to anyone of where he was going."
Miss Spriggett added that before leaving, Governor Perdue had criticised the "cowardice" of the demonstrators in trying to gain control peacefully.
"He said that if they weren't prepared to settle the issue with guns, then he was outta here," she said.
Investigators revealed that Governor Perdue's last phone call was to a number in Switzerland, and that he had taken his passport with him. They have ruled out kidnap.
Mary Perdue is appealing for anyone who has information on the whereabouts of her husband to come forward.
"Sonny's a great man and it's just a shame that the media have to keep coming out with these disgraceful stories to try and put a slur on his character," she added.