Sister Missionary Abducted, Released In Guatemala
Mar 16, 2020, 10:43 AM | Updated: 10:49 am
(Tom Smart, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A female missionary was kidnapped and later released in Guatemala, according to officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Details were not available about how the sister missionary was abducted, how long she was held, and whether or not she was injured. Officials said the Honduran woman was safe.
Church spokesperson Daniel Woodruff released a statement Monday.
“We became aware of a reported kidnapping of a sister missionary Saturday evening in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission. Church officials worked over the weekend with local authorities and she has been released,” the statement read. “The sister missionary, who is from Honduras, is safe. We are grateful this situation is resolved, and we are working to help the missionary and meet all her needs moving forward.”
Two sister missionaries also were held against their will in 2012 for two days in the Guatemalan town of Escuintla. The women were freed by a special police anti-kidnapping unit, assisted by the FBI, according to a December 2012 article from the Deseret News.