Jessyca L.A. Mullenberg, 13, was reported missing in mid-September while in Eau Claire, Wis., visiting her father. Jessyca, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Stevens Point, Wis., was last seen with Steven Oliver who was driving a 1986 blue Oldsmobile Calais.
Since Jessyca's disappearance, members of Trinity have created a Find Jessyca Fund, with proceeds going to generate fliers and posters. The church also set up a headquarters for volunteers to make phone calls and generate publicity.
"The congregation has been just great in helping," said John Beam, bishop of the East-Central Synod of Wisconsin. "The pastors are visiting her mother, Monica, three times a week around 8 p.m., just helping her bring the day to a close. I visited [Monica] recently, and she is holding up remarkably well and remains optimistic."
Jake Bourget, Jessyca's stepfather, said a local paper and a printing company donated their resources to create 5,000 posters that can be applied to the backs of semi-trucks.
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