The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Search begins for missing N.H. teen


Jessica Woehl was found on Thursday, April 17, and is safe. Her family has gathered in Salem, N.H., where she was identified by a bank teller. Her family thanks all who spread the news, kept Jessica and her family in their prayers and been of support to the effort.

Jessica Woehl, 13, a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Nashua, N.H., disappeared Ma rch 25 with a man she met in a chat room on America Online.Police and FBI began a nationwide search for Jessica and Kier Fiore, 22, of Manchester, N.H. Fiore picked up Jessica near her school bus stop in a purple 1995 Geo Tracker with New Hampshire license plates.

The search focused on southwestern Connecticut where churches were enlisted to pray for Jessica and her family and spread a photograph of the missing teen. An anonymous call placed April 6 claimed seeing the two in Florida, but at presstime the FBI is continuing its broad search.

Fiore is wanted on a fugitive from justice charge stemming from eight counts of felonious sexual assault. The charges are based on his crossing state lines with Jessica. Although Jessica's parents secured court injunctions against Fiore, the two continued to meet secretly.

Several New England Synod churches and others nationwide are joining Christ the King in prayer. The congregation also added a page picturing Jessica to the New England Synod Web site to aid in the search ( www.ultranet.com/~nesynod/jessica.htm). Anyone spotting either Jessica or Kier is asked to contact law enforcement officials.


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