2 LDS missionaries found dead in Taiwan apartment, carbon monoxide leak

Posted at 12:57 PM, Aug 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-25 11:18:28-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Two missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were found dead in their Taiwan apartment, according to church officials.

Elder Yu Peng Xiong, 24, a Taiwan native, and Elder Connor Benjamin Thredgold, 19, of Springville, were serving in the Taiwan Taipei Mission.

Authorities said it would appear the cause was a carbon monoxide leak in their apartment.

Xiong had been serving as a missionary since March of 2013 and Thredgold since March of 2014.

"We pray for their families and for all those who knew them and express our love and deepest sympathies at this tragic time," according to the statement.

Thredgold's family spoke about their son during a press conference Saturday, see the video above for their comments.