MOUNTAIN BROOK, Al Prays for Natalee’s Safe Return


As the search on Aruba continues for Natalee Holloway, the town of Mountain Brook comes together and prayer for her safe return.

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. – They have waited and prayed for good news for a week, refusing to give up hope that 18-year-old Natalee Holloway will be found alive and come back home.

The belief has kept residents of this upscale suburb and Holloway’s anxious family tightly bound since the teen went missing last Monday during a senior class trip to Aruba.

“You don’t want that to happen to anybody’s family,” said Nikki Quick, manager of a gift shop in the mostly residential, tree-lined community of 22,000 that is home to many of the Birmingham area’s most well-to-do families.

Yellow ribbons, positive thought and prayers in support of Natalee and her family have been the order of the day in Mountain Brook. The roller coaster of emotion with the not knowing of information about Natalee is something that most of us could never comprehend and most of us do not want to.

An aunt of Holloway, Marcia Twitty, said the girl’s mother – though on “an emotional roller coaster” – is staying upbeat: “I know Natalee is alive and I’m going to find her,” she quoted her saying.

The hope is shared from one town to the other; yellow ribbons are attached to everything from mail boxes to automatic bank machines.

“We’re just showing that we’re supporting her family and everyone down there wanting to bring her home,” Quick said.

Quick spent Monday morning redecorating the show window in front of her business with only yellow items – her own small way of showing support. A handmade sign on the sidewalk outside said “Pray for Natalee.”

Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden said he’s not at all surprised residents have banded together. “Most people have lived here all their lives and we care for each other,” he said.

The people of Mountain Brook have come together in support.

Twitty, speaking to reporters Monday in the parking lot of Mountain Brook Community Church, which has been holding daily prayer services, showed a large picture of Holloway and her mother.

“These people belong together. This is a mom and daughter team that go together,” Twitty said. “She’s missing and we’ve got to find her.”

Asked how the family was reacting to the possibility Holloway might not be found alive, Twitty remarked: “I can’t mentally go there, because we’ve got to find her.”

At Norton’s Florist, manager Deana Cross said she had made 400 yellow ribbon displays in the past four days and was having trouble keeping up with orders.

Keep the faith, God Bless and a safe return.

Posted June 7, 2005 by
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    4 Responses to “MOUNTAIN BROOK, Al Prays for Natalee’s Safe Return”

    1. mike engleman on June 12th, 2005 11:14 pm

      i am at heart with the missing teen in aruba…i fill the aruba goverment will try to cover this up…the boy is high ranking but a crime was done,,i as a farther of 6 kids 4 girls 2 boys will never send my kids to aruba….sorry….but i fill the country is more into the money than the safety of our kids…..may god look over her soul….and damm aruba……mike in texas

    2. Margaret Twitty Solis on June 17th, 2005 3:58 pm

      I pray everyday for the safe return of Natalee and for the Lord to give comfort to her parents and family. Natalee is on my mine when I awake and when I go to bed at night. I will continue to pray for her until she is safe and back at home in AL.

    3. David Johnson on June 22nd, 2005 9:49 am

      I just want to take this opportunity to lift up Natalee’s family to the Lord and ask him to guide them and keep them in his arms as they go through this ordeal.

      There are things in this life that we just sometimes don’t understand, but keeping focus on the Lord ensures us that he will take care of our situations good or bad.

      Additionally, as hard as it is. I pray for the young men who are in jail as suspects in Natalee’s dissapperance and I ask the Lord to help them come forward and let Natalee’s family know where their daughter his or if they are telling the truth for the Lord to help them gain their freedom.

      I will continue to Pray for Natalee and her parents.

      May God Bless each and every one of you.

      Yours in Christ


    4. April Graham on July 1st, 2005 9:36 pm

      I live in Texas and a little over 3 years ago I met Tim Miller of TexasEquuSearch because they came here to search for a friend’s brother. I saw what my friend went through and is still going through. Sadly they aren’t all found. Whether or not Natalee is found, please remember that her parents will still want to talk about her, want you to remember her with them. My friend still has nightmares at times and needs to talk and her brother was a grown man and they weren’t especially close. My friend and I have and continue to pray for Natalee’s family and friends and for your town going through this with them.

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