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MS missionary missing

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A Meridian man, who had joined a missionary group supported by his church, was in Haiti when an earthquake hit Tuesday and is among the missing, according to his family.

Greg Hatcher says his father, 71-year-old William Hatcher, was working to teach Haitians how to improve their living conditions through water treatment, irrigation and farming techniques.

The younger Hatcher says his father had joined a mission of the World Mission Department of the Church of God (Holiness), which the family's local church, Lockhart Church of God, has supported.

Greg Hatcher says he last talked to his father Tuesday morning before the earthquake hit.

He says the family has talked to the U.S. State Department and the Haitian Task Force set up to take information about Americans in Haiti.

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