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Josh Holt released from Venezuelan jail

Josh Holt, the man with ties to Pocatello, and his wife Thamy has been released from a Venezuelan jail.

In a press release from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch he says:

“I’m pleased to announce that after two years of hard work, ew’ve secured the release of Josh and Thamy Holt, who are now on their way home to the United States from Venezuela.

Over the last two years I’ve worked with two Presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts, ambassadors from all over the world, a network of contacts in Venezuela, and President Maduro himself, and I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his sweet, long suffering family in Riverton,”

President Donald Trump said on Twitter:

“Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M. The great people of Utah will be very happy!”

Holt had gone to Venezuela in June of 2016 to marry Thamy, whom he had met online.

He was arrested on suspicion of weapons charges.

His family has released the following statement:

“We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish. We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews and statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”

Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News will continue to update this story as more updates are released.

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