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RIVERTON, Utah (News4Utah) – Community members gathered to greet a Utahn who recently returned to the United States after a two-year incarceration in a Venezuelan prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Josh Holt, his wife Thamy and his step-daughter arrived at Salt Lake City International Monday evening.

It was emotional for many with didn’t know until Saturday if Josh and his family would make it back to the states alive. Some family members admit over those two years there were times when they had doubts, but they held out for this day and it finally came.

“There was tough times, but if you gave up hope what else do you have,” said Linda Holt, Josh’s grandmother. 

After months of negotiations between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments, the Holts were suddenly freed on Saturday. They reunited with family in Washington D.C. and were greeted by President Donald Trump and other lawmakers including Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and Representative Mia Love.

The Holts arrive at Salt Lake City International 

The Holt family arrives at Salt Lake City International Airport Monday, May 28, 2018. 

As news of his pending arrival spread Saturday, dozens of community members began to dress up the Riverton neighborhood he calls home. They tied neon green ribbons along 12600 South to welcome him. A celebration was planned at the Old Dome Meeting Hall in Riverton City Park. 

The Holts arrive in Riverton 

“I just wanted to publicly say thank you to all the people here in Utah that were helping us,” said Josh.

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