Friends, family members and neighbors of missing Ashville mother Corrie Anderson gathered alongside strangers Saturday evening for a prayer vigil at Lakewood Baptist Church.
Soft sobs and firm hugs were shared, along with hopes and prayers that Anderson would return home safely soon.
''I don't know a lot of the people here tonight, but I know you're here because you care,'' said Pastor Dan Cook of Lakewood Baptist Church. ''We are all here to reach out, to pray for strength from God.''
A photo of Ashville woman Corrie Anderson, missing since Oct. 28, is projected onto the wall of Lakewood Baptist Church Saturday evening during a prayer vigil in her honor. Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley said the case is being treated as a missing person’s case under suspicious circumstances.
The people who filled the room broke into small groups and together prayed for Anderson's family to have strength, for the missing mom's protection and for law enforcement to find the clue that leads them to her.
''Let us pray that the angels of God will surround Corrie at this time and lift her up and protect her,'' Cook said. ''We should also pray for law enforcement, for their personal safety and wisdom to make the right decisions.''
Lt. Jim Quattrone of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department was also present Saturday, providing the group with an update about the case.
''The New York State Police, along with every law enforcement agency in the county, are doing everything they can to bring Corrie home safely,'' he said. ''The State Police were searching another area a while ago but had no solid leads. They will continue again at daybreak.''
He explained that rumors in the community have the potential to steer the investigation off course and urged everyone not to repeat them.
''There is a lot of disinformation out there,'' Quattrone said, ''but you can trust what comes from the State Police spokesperson.''
He also said that at this time, there are no plans to organize a community search party, but that may be a possibility in the future.
Anderson was last seen leaving the Lake County Dodge car dealership on Washington Street at 1:10 p.m. Oct. 28 after stopping by to say 'hello' to a friend. Her 2005 blue Dodge Caravan was found Thursday, on a trail between a field and wooded area off of Kortwright Road in Busti.
The van has since been taken to Batavia, where it is undergoing a forensic search, and law enforcement agencies have been searching the woods daily to find clues.
Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley has said Ms. Anderson's disappearance is considered a missing person's case under suspicious circumstances.
Anderson has green eyes and chin-length blond hair. She is about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, a black leather jacket and small, wire-rimmed glasses.
Anyone with information about Ms. Anderson's whereabouts is asked to call the state police in Jamestown at 665-3113.