Church doesn't react to note from jailed Idahoans


by Nishi Gupta
Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:06 PM

As the eight Idahoans detained in Haiti prepare to go before a judge tomorrow, NBC News reports there are divisions within the jailed group.

A member of the group handed an NBC producer a scribbled note through the bars of their holding cell.

It said, "We only came as volunteers. We had nothing to do with any documents and have been lied to."

Then this: "Laura want to control. We believe lying. We're afraid."

The comments in the note -- the supposed division among the group -- the fired attorney -- these were just some of the questions KTVB hoped to ask at a 2 p.m. news conference Sunday at Central Valley Baptist Church, where many of the group attended.

Family members of detainees Carla Thompson and Corinna and Nicole Lankford stood behind the pastor as he read from a prepared statement.

It was a brief conference, just about 3 minutes long. The pastor did not touch on the note or the kidnapping charges the eight Idahoans are facing.

He said the families of the detainees are still hopeful.

"Though we do not know exactly what transpired down in Haiti, we know that we care for those that find themselves in this hour of need,” said Pastor Clint Henry. “We're going to continue to pray around the clock not only for the safety for our people but for a quick resolution."

The group did not answer any questions.

Last night, NBC News spoke with Kim Barton, who is Laura Silsby's sister.

They asked her about her reaction to the comments in the note accusing her sister of taking control.

And she said she has a hard time believing it was true and did not know what to say.

Central Valley Baptist held church services this morning as they would any other Sunday.

Henry also said at today's news conference how the incident has brought people together who did not know each other before.

He said it has caused his congregation, and the congregation of East Side Baptist in Twin Falls, to lean on one another even more
than ever before.

In the coming week, the eight Idahoans are scheduled for three more days of hearings, beginning Monday. The investigating judge is expected to decide during those hearings whether to release them or proceed with the case against them.

Stay with KTVB and KTVB.COM for updates on the situation.