The U.S. State Department is aware that two young Latter-day Saint volunteers are being detained by local police in Novorossiysk, Russia.
"We are aware of reports of two U.S. citizens detained in Novorossiysk, Russia," according to State Department spokesperson. "We have no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens abroad. Due to privacy considerations, we do not have any additional information at this time."
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has been in touch with the State Department, "but there are many details about the incident that we do not know yet," his spokesman, Conn Carrol, said.
Sen. Mitt Romney's office has offered its assistance to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Story by Dennis Romboy, Deseret News. Lead image from Getty Images.