Missionary freed from Haitian jail returns to US

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 5:19 AM

An American missionary who was abruptly jailed without charges for five months in Haiti has returned to the United States.

Danny Pye, a 29-year-old pastor who ran an orphanage in southern Haiti, arrived Thursday evening in central Florida, where his wife is about to give birth to their second child.

Pye was released Tuesday. He was initially jailed in October over claims he took property from other missionaries, former associates with whom he split following a dispute last year. He was briefly released on Christmas Eve, then re-arrested and jailed on suspicion of having an invalid residency card.

The group said it never intended for him to be jailed.

Pye has lived in Haiti since 2004 and speaks Haitian Creole.