Caracas, Apr 30: An American Catholic priest was stabbed to death in Venezuela's Bolivar state, officials said.
68-years-old of Esteban Woods of Vancouver, Washington was found dead in his room.
"We found him gagged and stabbed on the floor of his room," Miguel Angel Garcia, pastor of the Our Lady of Coromoto Church, was quoted as saying by Union Radio on Thursday, Apr 29.
According to a statement released by the Venezuelan Attorney General's Office, the victim was servicing as priest in Venezuela for the past eight years and was the pastor of the Holy Family Church in Puerto Ordaz.
Woods has been serving the Catholic Church for more than 23 years. He also performed different roles in Venezuela, including vicar of the parish of Santa Cruz and chaplain of the Instituto Pedagogico in the capital city of Caracas.