GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Officials have found the bodies of a woman and her two daughters after they went missing during the Gatlinburg fire.
The announcement about the mother was made Saturday during a press conference. The family’s pastor, Philip Morris of Parkway Church of God, delivered the devastating news.
He said he received confirmation through the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office that the body of 34-year-old Constance Reed was recovered.
“Our hearts are broken to receive this news. We ask for everyone to continue in prayer for this family,” said Pastor Morris. “We appreciate the outpouring of love from around the nation and specifically here in Sevier County. Your strong support means so much, and this family is going to need your support even more in the days and weeks to come.”
According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the bodies of Reed’s two daughters, 9-year-old Lily and 12-year-old Chloe, were found near their mother.
The last time Michael Reed spoke to his wife, he told her to call 911 after she said she saw fire across the street from their house. Michael and his son later searched shelters, but they were unable to find their family.
The sheriff’s office said Constance tried escaping her home and only made it up part of a hill.
A fund has been set up to help the Reed family. It’s called the Reed Family Relief Fund. Donations can be made online, by dropping it off, mailing a check, or making cash donations to the church office at:
Parkway Church of God
1103 Dolly Parton Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
Make checks payable to Parkway Church of God and note on the memo field “Fire Victims Fund.”