Mother reacts to son’s release, deportation by Venezuelan government


Sherry Weddle says everything changed Wednesday night when she got a Facebook message around 7 p.m. from her son Cody Weddle simply saying “I’m fine” and then another saying “I’m sorry.”

Weddle found out that her son was detained around ten o’clock this morning when she got a call from a reporter with the Miami Herald Newspaper. 

Cody Weddle is a Tri-cities native and works as a freelance reporter for WPLG in Miami. He had been living in Venezuela for four years.

Throughout the day Wednesday, she had no information on Cody’s location, only reports that he had been taken from his apartment at gunpoint and that they had taken his passport, cash, and a large bag.

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But Wednesday night, Sherry Weddle got word that Cody was in the process of being released and sent back to the United States.

“When I heard that he had been released and he was at the airport, I just felt so much lighter and just I could release that heaviness that I had all day,” Sherry Weddle said.

Weddle said her son’s employer in Miami told her Cody likely would be flying into Miami on Thursday morning, that he was unharmed and going through immigration and customs tonight.

Sherry Weddle says she is looking forward to seeing her son and she’s already sure what she’ll say.

“I love you,” Weddle said. “I’m going to give him a big hug and tell him he better not do this to me ever again.”

Sherry Weddle said her family has received a lot of community support. After hearing Cody would be returning to the states, Bristol Virginia Public Schools Superintendent Keith Perrigan even offered to pay for her flight to reunite with her son. Perrigan was the Principal at Patrick Henry High School while Cody attended high school.

Sherry Weddle has no comment on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela and is simply happy to have her son back.

“I’m going to wait until I can speak to him to decide if I am going to Miami or if he will be flying home,” Sherry Weddle said.

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