SAN DIEGO - Local family members of a passenger on the missing Malaysia flight say their legal options are stalled, because the airline won't release information.
Nilofar Vaezi Tehrani is the mother of Pouria Nourmohammadi, 19, one of two Iranian men who boarded the flight with stolen passports.
Initially deemed persons of interest, Malaysian authorities later said the two were believed to be asylum seekers and not terrorists.
His family in San Diego says the young Iranian, who converted to Christianity, feared persecution and was seeking asylum.
While his uncle and aunt lived in San Diego, he was headed for Germany because his mother was battling breast cancer.
“He wanted to join to help me,” said Tehrani, choking back tears.
From her home in Germany, Tehrani told us her son had bought what turned out to be a stolen passport and e-mailed her about flying to Germany to seek asylum - before getting on that fateful flight.
Team 10 Investigator Michael Chen asked, “Did your son have anything to do with this plane's disappearance?
“Never,” responded Tehrani.
Tehrani calls her son -- who was a computer engineering student in Iran -- smart, loving and looking forward to freedom.
She calls every day that goes by without knowing his fate a painful nightmare.
“There is a pain in every part of my body. Every day, I am dying, but not suddenly. I'm a mother. I should know what happened,” said Tehrani.
Nourmohammadi’s last e-mails indicated he was ticketed to Frankfurt, Germany, where he planned to reunite with his mother, according to Dan Gilleon, an attorney representing Tehrani.
Part of her search for answers is a request for a copy of his ticket confirming his destination, which is required to determine international jurisdiction for a possible lawsuit.
The request was denied by the airline, citing a pending investigation.
Her family hired local attorney Dan Gilleon, who wrote a letter to airline management and calls the reason unacceptable.
“This is not secret information. Everyone knows where he was going. My client knows where he was going, but what we need is the ticket he paid for. She is entitled to it. It’s like they’re kicking her while she is down,” said Gilleon.
Despite an exhaustive search, there has still been no confirmation of flight debris or a crash site.