About 30 people gathered at the YMCA soccer field on Thursday evening to pray for the safe return of Karen Swift, the mother of four who disappeared on Sunday, Oct. 30. With temperatures hovering right around 40, organizers made hot chocolate available for those gathered to pray. Lori Burks, a friend of Swift's who has organized the prayer vigils, told those in attendance on Thursday to keep praying.
"It has got me all to pieces," said Diane Moore. "I just want them to find her."
With the low hum of a helicopter overhead, those in attendance prayed for the safe return of Swift and for wisdom and strength for law enforcement officials who have been searching the area non-stop since Swift's disappearance. The message at yesterday's vigil was that "nothing can separate us from the love of Christ". As the search enters day 13 on Friday, the separation from Swift for friends and family is agonizing but everyone in attendance was adamant about not giving up and continuing to pray.
Swift was last seen in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 30 after attending a Halloween party on Saturday evening. Her car was recovered that morning, with a flat tire, along Millsfield Highway near Harness Road.