Bradley Bowser, Kelly Crawford
Missionary recovering after surgery for machete stabbing By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY A Mormon missionary who was cut with a machete during an apparent robbery is recovering after undergoing surgery. Bradley Bowser, 20, of Pulaski, Penn., was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Latter-day Latter-day Saints in San Salvador, El Salvador when he and his companion, Kelly Crawford, 20, of Payson, Utah, were jumped by two men on Sunday. One of the attackers was carrying a machete, which he used to cut Bowser from mouth to ear and on his wrist and back. Bowser was flown home shortly after the attack, according to Mormon church spokesman Don LeFevre in Salt Lake City. Bowser underwent surgery on Wednesday morning at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland. LeFevre said Crawford escaped unharmed, although both men's backpacks backpacks and shoes were stolen. Bowser will "return to do missionary missionary service somewhere," LeFevre said, but he was not sure where. The attack came as a growing number number of such incidences are occurring against Mormon missionaries abroad, including two who were shot earlier this month. Mike W. Hatch, 67, of Logan, Utah was accosted by youths in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Dec. 3 and was shot in the arm and leg. Mike Cates, a graduate of Highland High School, sustained minor injuries after being shot in the leg by a drunken drunken man near Buenos Aires on Dec. 4.