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Missionaries Found Unharmed in Martinique

Two Mormon missionaries missing since Monday on the Island of Martinique have been found unharmed.

The two missionaries, Elder Thomas Levi Swain, from Hamilton, New Zealand, and Elder Tyson Delmar Gray from Taylorsville, Utah were reported missing on Monday night following an excursion on their day off.

Elder Swain has served on his mission for 18 months, and Elder Gray has been serving for six months.  The island of Martinique is part of the West Indies Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of 348 missions with over 53,000 full-time missionaries throughout the world.

The missionaries had been hiking Mount Pelee on Monday afternoon and became disoriented and trapped in the dense foliage and difficult terrain.  They were found by a local farmer Thursday morning at about 8:30 a.m. local time. 

Both missionaries are doing well and intend to continue their missions on the island.

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