Luke Denman’s father, Frank, says that his son called him in January with exciting news, claiming he had finally found his calling after leaving the military. Frank has stated that his son told him the specifics were confidential, but that he was working in Florida on the most important thing he had ever participated in. Since Denman had been working as a diver on offshore oil rigs, his father assumed it had something to do with a salvage operation for a historic ship or other lost artifacts. Now, following the failed coup attempt in Venezuela where Luke Denman is currently being held, his family believes it was not just a rogue operation. They claim he believed that the U.S. government backed the plan and he was freeing the oppressed.