LDS missionary, 18, dies after fall from roof in Dominican Republic

February 20, 2019
This undated photograph at the Logan Temple shows Brennan Conrad holding the flag of the Dominican Republic, where he was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Conrad died after falling from the roof of his apartment in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, according to a church spokesman.

SALT LAKE CITY – A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary died on Wednesday while serving in the Dominican Republic.

The Church owned KSL-TV reported that Elder Brennan Conrad, 18, of Hyde Park, Utah, succumbed to injuries after falling from the roof of his apartment building. Conrad had been serving in the Dominican Republic Santa Domingo East Mission since August 2018.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family. We pray they will be comforted as they deal with this tragedy and mourn Elder Conrad’s passing,” Woodruff said in a statement.

This is the second incident involving Church missionaries since Saturday where four elders suffered injury from a car accident in New Caledonia.

According to the Church News, the four missionaries were serving in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission.

“(They) are expected to recover from the collision,” Woodruff said.

Four people were traveling in the other vehicle where one person died, he said.

According to the Church News, Elder Jacob Hable from Jakarta, Indonesia; Elder Jérémie Champoux from Drummondville, Canada; Elder Gordon Kimball from Bluffdale, Utah; and Elder Atepa Temaiana from Mo’orea, French Polynesia were involved in the accident.

“We invite people of faith everywhere to pray for all those involved in this accident, particularly for the family and loved ones of the individual who passed away,” he said.

The Church News reported that New Caledonia consists of dozens of islands with one of those islands, the largest of them, also called New Caledonia. The islands are apart of French territory in the South Pacific.

As more information is released on the death of Elder Conrad and the status of the New Caledonia missionaries, the Standard Journal will update this story.