WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, Florida lost their contributor in Venezuela Wednesday.
Cody Weddle’s sister, Kelsey McMahan, told Bristol Herald Courier that she believes the country’s authorities arrested him at 8 a.m. that morning after raiding his home in Caracas. Their mother, Sherry Weddle, said that the U.S. Embassy contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but have yet to hear back. She last contacted her son Tuesday on Facebook messenger.
“[I heard from him at] maybe about 6 or 7 yesterday evening and yesterday morning about 10,” Sherry Weddle told CNN. “I asked him how he was doing. He said he was fine and wanted to know how I was.” . . .
Cody Weddle's mother still hasn't heard from her son after the Local 10 reporter was detained in Venezuela this morning. https://t.co/gCU8y3eYnR
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) March 6, 2019
Weddle lived in Venezuela since June 2014, covering the economic turmoil, political struggle and humanitarian crisis in the area. One of his recent articles detailed the growing deadlock between political opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro as the National Assembly brought in a new board of directors for their oil sector. The new faces of the board consist of people who will give the opposition side more say in Venezuela’s government. . .
— Cody Weddle (@coweddle) March 5, 2019
“We are working through various channels to get as much information as we can and to see that Cody is released.” said WPLG President & CEO E. R. Bert Medina. “Cody has been dedicated and committed to telling the story in Venezuela to our viewers here in South Florida. The arrest of a journalist doing his job is outrageous and unacceptable.” (Read more from “Miami Reporter Missing in Politically Collapsed Venezuela” HERE)