A press release from the Dominican Republic website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is giving more details about what possibly led to the death of Brennan Conrad. The 18-year-old missionary from Hyde Park, died Wednesday morning after falling from the roof of his apartment.
According to his Spanish speaking companion, “he went up to the roof to look for water with a bucket.” The official report states that he had contact with an electric cable that is presumed to have caused his fall.
Conrad began serving in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo East Mission in August 2018. He was the youngest son of the Conrad family, and left barely a month after his birthday.
Hyde Park Stake President Mario Durrant, the local leader overseeing the church where the Conrad’s live, said the family is still working with the U.S. Embassy to arrange the transport of their son’s body back home. He had just spoken to the embassy’s liaison and was told it will most likely be another seven-days. Memorial services will then be arranged.
In the press release, Conrad’s mission president in Santo Domingo, Bret G. Smith, said that Conrad was an excellent example of what it means to be a missionary.
“Elder Conrad was a great man, with exceptional faith. When he arrived in the country, we could feel something very special about him,” explained Smith.
A week ago, Conrad had been appointed as a district leader, taking into account his maturity and dedication, which allowed him to lead six missionaries under his charge with his partner.
In the press release, Rafael Gutiérrez, director of public affairs for the church in the Caribbean, expressed the sentiment of local leaders and members about Conrad.
Gutiérrez said, “As a Christian community, the saints of the last days wish to honor the memory of Elder Conrad by remembering him, not as the young man who died falling from a height, but as the missionary who rose to the top voluntarily leaving the comfort of his home and the security of his life in the United States to come and serve, for love and faith in God, his Dominican brothers.”
Durrant said the Conrad’s appreciate the prayers and help that has been offered to them. He explained that the church will be covering all of the funeral expenses, including the transportation, cemetery plot and tombstone.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the Conrad family, for those wishing to donate: gofundme.com/in-memory-of-elder-brennan-conrad.