WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – Josh Holt, wife Thamy and daughter are back on American soil after landing at Washington Dulles International Airport Saturday evening.
Saturday morning Hatch issued the following statement announcing the release of Utahn Josh Holt, who had been held captive in Venezuela for the last two years.
“I’m pleased to announce that after two years of hard work, we’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.
I want to thank Chairman Bob Corker for his pivotal efforts, and that of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their help in this effort. I want to particularly thank Caleb McCarry, whose expertise and effort in Venezuela on my behalf has been instrumental in bringing Josh home.”
Senator Hatch has worked for the last two years to secure Josh’s release, including most recently negotiations with President Maduro himself.
“We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle,” said the Holt family in statement.
Hatch shared video of the family’s reunion on Twitter.
The family to traveled Washington D.C. to meet with President Trump and greet Josh and Thamy.