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  • Laurie Holt’s son, Josh Holt, and their bride that is new CaleNo, are thought to be held in prison in Caracas, Venezuela. Laurie Holt said her son went along to the nation to have hitched. The other day, your family received A twitter message saying the few was at jail, accused to be spies. In Riverton, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Mike DeBernado, Deseret News
  • Josh Holt and Thamy CaleNo got involved in May. Holt went along to Venezuela, where their fiancE everyday everyday everyday lives, to have hitched month that is last. Relating to a news that is local posted on June 30, 2016, these people were arrested, accused to be U.S. spies. Family picture

RIVERTON — The Holt family has not heard from their son, Josh, since final week as he ended up being most likely jailed in Caracas, Venezuela. They think he could be being accused and framed to be a U.S. spy.

“We have this ache into the pit of my belly, and my heart simply seems heavy,” stated Laurie Holt, Josh Holt’s mother.

Her son that is 24-year-old traveled the nation on June 11 and married their fiancee Thamy Caleno. He met her online in January, only days after he came back house from serving a objective when it comes to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She stated the two came across into the Dominican Republic in might, where he proposed. He travelled to Venezuela for the June wedding.

The two planned to attend on her visa before traveling towards the U.S. — an agenda that made household members stressed.

“we had been similar to, ‘Absolutely maybe maybe perhaps not, you simply can’t get here. It really is dangerous.’ We have seen every thing in the news, in which he simply, he did not pay attention,” stated their mom.

Final the family received a Facebook message from his wife’s mother, stating that her daughter and Josh Holt were in prison week. The message had little information on the arrest but included a nearby news article in regards to the so-called criminal activity. You will find photos of firearms, a grenade, money, Josh Holt’s passport, bank cards and IDs allegedly obtained from the apartment where in fact the few have been residing.

“Oh, we knew, we knew,” Laurie Holt stated. “When we saw that, I thought, ‘He’s been taken, he is been taken.’”

The U.S. was contacted by the family Embassy with little to no fortune. “they will haven’t had the opportunity to see him. (The prison) would not enable him site site visitors,” she said.

Their brand brand new spouse’s household has additionally been in touch with the Holts, giving updates but in addition seeking clothing as well as other things for the guy.

“Our company is being cautious,” his mother said. “We have already been told to be ready; they will ask you for the money, therefore we’re looking forward to that to take place.”

Your family is having a difficult time getting the entire tale, but officials during the U.S. Embassy are advising them to have a attorney. A GoFundMe account is put up under #JusticeforJosh to improve funds for legal charges.

They are in contact with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, whose workplace stated it really is looking at the arrest.