Latter-day Saint Life

Former Missionary Jailed in Venezuela Barred from Hospital, Family Says


Our thoughts and prayers are with Joshua Holt and his family.

A former Mormon missionary from Riverton whose health has declined during his roughly year-and-a-half in a Venezuelan jail has been denied transport to a hospital despite his "delicate state," his family said Monday.

A judge in Venezuela issued a court order approving Josh Holt's hospitalization two weeks ago as an intestinal bacterial infection worsened, his mom, Laurie Holt, said, but top Venezuelan officials have directed prison officers to ignore the order.

Josh Holt, 25, was arrested in June 2016 after he traveled to the South American nation to marry a woman he met through online Spanish lessons. He sought to secure visas for his wife and her children.

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