Continuing coverage: Chuch of Wells controversy
POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 6:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:56am
Wells, Texas (KETK) — Early this week we told you the story of 26-year-old Arkansas Resident, Catherine Grove, who disappeared from her home back in July. She was then found here in East Texas, in the small town of Wells, in Cherokee county.
Catherine joined a church known as "The Church of Wells" and her parents say since then they have had limited contact with her. Saturday afternoon, Sean Morris , Elder from the Church of Wells sent out a message to all local media, calling a news conference to speak-up on their side of the Catherine Grove story. Sunday, we were supposed to be live from Cherokee County at that meeting, however around 1 p.m., Morris sent out an email canceling the news conference, saying he hopes to reschedule.
Morris says in the email, "Patty and Andy (Grove) are slandering and misrepresenting the situation"
Morris claims Catherine’s sister has practiced some sort of ungodly rituals and Morris says, "Catherine lived with (her sister) for approximately two years, and has had trailing spiritual side effects ever since." Hence the reason she needed to be “saved.
The Grove's claim the church elders have traveled to Arkansas and attempted to harass and stalk their family, specifically Catherine's oldest sister, who remains in Fayetteville.
KETK has contacted the Fayetteville, Arkansas police department to confirm any investigation they may have pending on this matter, they have not confirmed any investigation at this time, but they are aware of the situation.
KETK has also contacted the FBI Dallas/East Texas division, and they cannot confirm or deny any investigation into the Church of Wells at this time. Also, KETK called the Little Rock Arkansas FBI division --- they have not returned calls at this time to confirm any investigation.
Since this story broke this past week, KETK has had numerous relatives of some Church of Wells members contact our news station. They want to tell their side of the story, they are claiming the church is indeed a cult and they say they fear for their family member's safety. We hope to bring you their stories later this week.
We will continue to follow this story closely, and we will bring you any new developments as they become available to our newsroom.
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