8 Missionaries Released | Silsby & Coulter Remain

Photo via ReutersGlobalFutures| A Haitian judge said today that he would order the release on Wednesday (today) of eight of 10 missionaries accused of kidnapping children, while holding two for further questioning.

Laura Silsby, the leader of the group, and Charisa Coulter, her friend and also a project organizer llsited as an officer of Silsby’s orphanage charity will be held for further questioning. Coulter, who is diabetic, was taken to a hospital today, in a ‘lot of pain’ and then returned to jail.

It’s our understanding that the other eight missionaries will be allowed to leave Haiti, after signing documents that they will return for scheduled judicial proceedings.

US Marshals and officials in the Caribbean continue to hunt for Jorge Puello, who found himself in the spotlight after providing assistance to the group. Puello acknowledged in a phone interview with AP on Tuesday that he is named in a 2003 federal indictment out of Vermont that accuses him of smuggling immigrants from Canada into the US.

A new Haitian attorney alleges that Jorge Puello absconded with $30,000 of the $40,000 given him for travel arrangements out of Haiti and other necessary expenses for the group. via Associated Press