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Waveland church family praying for missing woman

Wenda Holling (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Wenda Holling (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

By Al Showers – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It has now been 11 days since a 70-year-old Hancock County woman has been missing. Day three of a massive search for Wenda Holling produced no results. Her mysterious disappearance has the people who knew her best extremely worried.

You can find Wenda Holling's face on a picture board of faithful congregation members at Lutheran Church of the Pines in Waveland.

"She's a sweet lady," the Reverend Gary Faith said. "Pretty much everybody loves her. She's involved when we have dinners, she's one of our readers on Sunday, she reads the scripture before we have the sermon, does a nice job with that. Very caring lady."

Pastor Faith remembers Holling joining his church more than four years ago. She started attending services routinely shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

"I think this would shock anyone and we've certainly been holding her up in prayer ever since we found out."

The prayers extended from the church to the search site. Since Monday, search teams have covered a five mile radius around the missing woman's home.

"In and around the house, everything's been checked out in the area, all the woods," said Kenneth Hurt, Chief Investigator for the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

But so far, the search has turned up nothing. According to Hurt, investigators believe Holling's disappearance is suspicious because they found her purse, drivers license, and keys inside her house.

"From my understanding, it's very unusual for her to not make contact with someone."

That contact was either with family members, or with members of her church family. They plan to keep praying for Wenda Holling until she's located.

"We thank everyone who is praying for her and concerned about her," Pastor Faith said.

Sheriff's officials are still interviewing people and gathering evidence in the case. The search for her will continue Thursday, but the number of search teams will be scaled back.

Anyone with information about Wenda Holling's disappearance is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 466-6900.

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