By Kent Larsen
NEWSFLASH: Missionary Dies in Jamaica
BURLEY, IDAHO -- An LDS missionary from Burley, Idaho died suddenly Sunday
while serving a full-time mission in Jamaica for The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, the South Idaho Press reports today. Elder Nicholas
Martin Silcock, 19, died suddenly Sunday night as he returned to his
apartment from eating out with other missionaries.
Elder Silcock had been in Jamaica for just two months and seemed to be in
fine health when he fell ill and died within minutes. Officials in Jamaica
will be performing an autopsy on him, but his mother was told that medical
officials there don't move very fast, "[The mission president] told us that
medical officials over there just don't move real fast," Leah Silcock said.
"It may be tomorrow, but could be as late as Monday before the autopsy is
completed, and then they will release his body to be returned home."
While Elder Silcock was considred to be in good health, his mother says that
an old condition may have contributed to his death, "Nick was born with a
heart condition, which caused his heart to race," she said. "But he was put
on medication for just a few years and it has never been a problem. He
hadn't had any problems for years and passed his mission physical just fine.
However, from what we have been told, it sounds like it could have
contributed to Nick's death."
His mission president told the Silcock's that Elder Silcock was enthusiastic
and involved in the missonary work. Elder Silcock was a 2000 graduate of
Burley High School, an Eagle scout and an avid gymnast. A memorial service
was held at the mission home in Jamaica.
Burley missionary dies in Kingston
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By Renee Wells: South Idaho Press