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Valdosta teen still missing after four days

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) – The search for Valdosta teen James Eunice who disappeared Saturday while hunting has yielded only some of his personal belongings

A Pavehawk helicopter from Moody Air Force Base has been used in the search.

Since then dive team boats and canines have explored hundreds of acres to find any sign of the Eunice.

It's still a search and rescue mission and they say they won't stop until he's found. "We have found some things, indications that somebody was thrown out of the boat but nothing to aid in his recovery," said Lowndes County Lt. Stryde Jones.

A canal splits Ocean Pond making it look like two lakes.

Investigators say Eunice disappeared in the southeastern part of the larger one that's about 370 acres.

As rescue workers comb through shores and ponds, the Lowndes County community is heartbroken over James Eunice's disappearance.

His high school football coach describes James as a spiritual leader. And the church Eunice attends is having a prayer service for the public to attend.

Valdosta High Wildcat Head Coach says James Eunice is the kind of a guy a girl's father would approve. "I told my daughter she couldn't date until she was 30 unless she brings home somebody like James Eunice then I may say it's okay," said Rance Gillespie.

Gillespie says he's a spiritual teenager who volunteers to lead them in prayer on the field.

"He's not a ashamed of his relationship with God, and his Christianity and is a fine example," said Gillespie.

A great example for so many kids he says. "We just love the family and we're thinking about them as we get through this tough time," said Gillespie.

The tragedy has touched much of the Lowndes County community and even those that don't know James are praying for him.

 Thousands have left messages for James to return home safe on this Facebook page.

The Eunice family attends Crosspointe church. They're having pray services Tuesday and Wednesday nights open to the public. Pastor David Rogers says James Eunice is a leader in the youth ministry and loved by everyone.

"It's just the uncertainty of it all right now that has just got people wanting to pray so we opened the church last night," said Rogers.

And prayers can work miracles. And that's what we're all hoping for.

The service at Crosspointe Church on Northside drive starts at 6:30. The pastor tells us last night 450 people attended.

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