(CMR) Authorities in Haiti are now working to reunite a family after a Florida-based Seventh Day Adventist minister, and his daughter were allegedly kidnapped in Haiti on Christmas Eve.
According to the Hatiabones, Haiti's Adventist Hospital's information portal, Dr. Elie Henry, and his daughter Irma Henry, chief of Physical Therapy at the hospital, went missing after leaving the facility Thursday evening.
The Hatiabones reported that the pastor and his daughter left the hospital at about 6 pm in a private vehicle on route to a relative's house in Felmathe, Port au Prince. However, the two did not arrive at their expected destination.
The pastor's brother, a neurosurgeon, was contacted on Christmas morning by kidnappers who demanded a US$5 million in ransom.
Dr Elie Henry, who serves as president of the Seventh Day Adventist Inter-America Division, is a native of Haiti. He and his wife were on a short vacation in his home country when he was kidnapped.
Henry, who has served the Adventist church for over 40 years, was selected as president of the Seventh Day Adventist Inter-America Division in 2018. This division comprised of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and parts of South America.