FARMINGTON, N.M. (ABC4) – Two missionaries are dead after a crash in New Mexico.
A spokesperson with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint says the two young missionaries were serving in the New Mexico Farmington Mission.
Following a head-on collision Thursday afternoon, 20-year-old Elder Michael Austin Davis of Corinne, Utah, and 20-year-old Elder Tyson Gene Haycock of Miles City, Montana, both passed away due to injuries sustained in the crash.
Elder Haycock’s missionary service had just begun a few weeks ago in June while Elder Davis has been serving since August 2019.
A third missionary, a 19-year-old from Idaho, was seriously injured in the crash. He is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Earlier this month, the Church announced the passing of President José Maria Batalla of the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. He had been battling COVID-19 for nearly two months when he suffered cardiac arrest.
In May of this year, two missionaries – 18-year-old Elder Luke Masakazu Carter of Springville and 20-year-old Elder Eli Jon Fowler of Pueblo West, Colorado – were killed in a Texas crash. Weeks earlier, 21-year-old Elder Fernando Antonio Ramos Garcia of Juayua, El Salvador, died after drowning in a river.
In January, 19-year-old Elder Jake Smith of Lehi passed away after a car crash in Arkansas. Three other missionaries were injured. Another missionary, 20-year-old Elder Samuel Joseph Iseh, Jr. of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, passed away after experiencing a sudden health episode.