With candles flickering and tears running down faces, a candlelight vigil held in Stephenville Crossing Wednesday evening brought hope Carol King will be found alive.
The 40-year-old woman, originally from Mattis Point, has been missing from her Herschel, Sask., home for 12 days.
“What can anybody say? It’s unimaginable for any parent. Your heart has to go out to them,” Kathleen Roy of Stephenville said.
“It tears at my heart. I came to offer some support and pray.”
Roy added that Jesus once said where two or more gathered, he would be there also. She said considering the hundreds that had turned out for the vigil, Jesus must have been there with them.
Assumption Parish Priest in Stephenville Crossing, Rev. Gerard Patry, offered prayers — including a prayer to St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things.
Members of Carol King’s family, including her parents, seemed to take some solace in the outpouring of support from the community.
Tammy King, Carol’s sister-in-law and the family’s spokeswoman, said she was happy with the turnout, and while the community has been supporting them all along, it was shown in an even more tangible way with so many people attending.
“There’s people here from everywhere and this support keeps us going and helps us to keep holding out hope,” she said.
King said Carol’s youngest sister, Brenda, has travelled from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan and is joining in the search for her.
Donations to help out in the search effort were accepted at the vigil and a number of people contributed.
Barbara Kovich of St. George’s, a friend of the family, expressed her wish that Carol King will be found alive and her hope that “St. Anthony will bring her home.”
The last time King was heard from was on Aug. 6. Since that time her car, a PT Cruiser, was pulled from a slough northwest of Rosetown. The RCMP has confirmed the car belonged to her.
She was not found in the vehicle, and the slough was drained during the weekend with nothing else found.
Police continue their investigation and Tammy said she would keep in contact with Brenda, who is working on the Saskatchewan end of the search for her sister.
The Western Star