December 7, 2007

Please Pray for Our Friend

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a local lawyer and former Toledo councilwoman, was reported missing about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 5th, by her husband, Lawrence Hancock. She has been missing now for over 24 hours.

What We Know - UPDATE Dec. 7 - 8:09 pm
The Detroit and Cleveland offices of the FBI have been asked to assist. Some national media have begun to pick up the story. The ABC News website has the story, and it ran on CNN Headline News at 8:00 this evening. The authorities have not released any new information.

Karyn, who is six months pregnant, was last seen at her office at 316 North Michigan St. in downtown Toledo about 9 a.m. Wednesday. About 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, her husband received a call from their son’s day care notifying him that his child had not been picked up. Her husband has tried repeatedly to contact Karyn on her cell phone, but said it has been shut off. Police are investigating.

Nearly 70 people, including her father and husband, Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell, held a prayer vigil Wednesday night at the Genesis Dreamplex Hotel & Conference Center on South Reynolds Road, where the First Church of God holds services.

Family and friends prayed and sang for two hours — many asking God to bless Ms. Hancock and her unborn child. Several held their hands high in prayer; others wiped away tears.

We've known the McConnell family for nearly three decades. They are good people and we are praying in the name of Jesus that no harm or hurt will come to Karyn or her unborn child. Spread the news far and wide. Alert media to this case in anyway you can. Please lift up a prayer for Karyn's safe return.