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Laurie Holt, mother of Josh Holt, who was held for nearly two years in Venezuelan prison, has died

Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 09:44:30-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Laurie Holt, the mother of Josh Holt, who was held in a Venezuelan prison for almost two years, has died.

The family shared  a post on Laurie Holt’s Facebook page Sunday:

Josh Holt, of Riverton, was incarcerated after he traveled to Venezuela to marry his fiance. A few days after the wedding, he and his wife Thamy Holt were arrested and Venezuelan authorities claimed they found assault weapons in their apartment.

Both Josh and Thamy were released in May of 2018.

Josh Holt posted to Facebook about his mother’s passing Sunday:

Former Senator Orrin Hatch posted to Twitter about Laurie Holt’s passing:

Former United States Congresswoman Mia Love posted to her Facebook on the passing of Laurie Holt:

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