Friends and family members are keeping hope alive that a missing woman comes home safe.
Emma Layne was last seen June 17 while working at the Halifax County shop she owns, Cody Store. People gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday evening in efforts to help bring her home.
“She’s always been our baby,” said Wynona Childress, Layne’s oldest sister. “And to think that we may never seen her again – it’s unbearable.”
It’s been a trying few weeks for Layne’s family, Childress said.
“You never know when you’re going to break down and cry,” she said. “Every time the phone rings, you hope it’s news that she’s been found – alive.”
Childress said she’s still hopeful for a good outcome.
Friends from the community organized the vigil. Kyle Uselton, pastor of the Republican Grove United Methodist Church, where the vigil was held, said she is a friendly face in the community.
“To walk into that store and not see her smiling face, to walk into that store and not hear a joke or just to know that presence is in the room – is a loss for this community,” he said.
More than anything else, family members want closure, Childress said, hoping their prayers are heard.
“When you feel like you’re going to give up, you can almost feel people praying for you,” Childress said. “It gives you a sense of peace.”
Police are asking for your help to find Emma Layne. According to authorities, she is five feet tall, weighs 135 pounds and has visible scars on her arms.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-3339.