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US missionary detained in Haiti returns to Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A U.S. missionary released from a Haiti jail last week has returned to her home in Idaho.

Twenty-four-year-old Charisa Coulter arrived at the Boise Airport Saturday night where her father, several other Idaho missionaries who had been detained, and dozens of others welcomed her by singing "Amazing Grace."

Coulter is a diabetic and had medical difficulties during her five-week confinement. She was freed March 8 but spent about six days in Florida recuperating after leaving Haiti.

She says she's happy to be home but sad to have left behind her friend Laura Silsby.

Coulter and Silsby were among 10 Baptist missionaries, mostly from Idaho, who were detained Jan. 29 trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after a devastating earthquake.

Silsby remains in custody. The other eight were released Feb. 17.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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