Laurie Holt, the mother of a Mormon missionary who was jailed without trial for two years in Venezuela before being returned to his family last May, has died.
The family announced her passing in a Facebook post.
“We are devastated to announce the tragic passing of our sweet Mama Bear Laurie Holt this morning,” the family said. “She had a gigantic heart and we will miss her dearly. We ask for privacy as we mourn her passing and will provide more details on funeral arrangements as soon as possible.”
Holt had gone to South American to marry Thamara Caleno, a Mormon he’d met online, and they were arrested soon afterward, charged with stockpiling weapons. He denied the allegations and was locked up with hardened political prisoners.