More details are emerging on the plight of a retired Danville urologist who was detained in Zimbabwe, and a State Department official is hopeful charges against him will be dropped.
Dr. Ed Montgomery was arrested July 5 on charges of practicing without a license while working at a regional hospital in Zimbabwe, located just north of South Africa, said Jason Sauer, a spokesman for Congressman Ben Chandler.
Chandler's office has been in contact with an unnamed State Department official who is familiar with the situation, Sauer said.
Montgomery and his wife, Sara Jane, a nurse, had been on a missionary trip in Zimbabwe for about two weeks when the doctor was detained. Both Montgomerys were stripped of their passports and have been unable to make regular contact with family members.
The Montgomerys, veterans of several mission trips around the world, were traveling with friends and fellow missionaries when the doctor was arrested.