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POSTED: December 7, 2011 9:20 a.m.
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Melanie and Bill Clark, Debora Gail Moody’s parents, hold candles as they observe a moment of silence for their daughter, who has been missing for four years.

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It’s been more than four years since Debora Gail Moody last was seen Dec. 4, 2007. That day, the Long County woman purchased a new pen for her dog, and the owner of the store where she bought it followed her home to help her unload it. That friend was the last person to see Moody, who was 42 at the time.

On Sunday, community members gathered for a candlelight vigil at Trinity Baptist Church in an effort to keep Moody’s missing-person case alive and to reach out to anyone who might have information on her whereabouts or what might have happened to her.

Moody’s mother and father, Melanie and Bill Clark, who live in Niceville, Fla., attended the vigil and expressed hope that someone will come forward with some information about their daughter.

“She still is out there somewhere. We still want to continue to get the word out that she is still missing and, hopefully, someone will come forward and tell us something,” Melanie Clark said.

Trinity Baptist Church Pastor Tim Parrish encouraged members of the crowd not to give up on their mission to uncover the truth about Moody’s disappearance.

“We don’t know where Gail is, but we hold these services to get the word out about her so that this family can eventually have closure. … We can’t lose hope. Let’s earnestly pray that God will open a door,” he said.

After Parrish spoke, Bill Clark thanked everyone for attending the vigil and asked them to keep their faith.

Wayne Parker, Irene Chandler and Jessica Coleman sang “Where Could I Go But To The Lord” and “Amazing Grace.” Jeff and Sarah Chandler sang “Sweet Beulah Land.” Following the music, the group of about 50 lit candles and shared a moment of silence in Moody’s honor.

“No one has come forward, and we know she is out there somewhere. Someone knows something. We will eventually find out what happened, then we’ll have some closure,” Melanie Clark said.

 

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