Golf course fish fry collecting donations for missing teen

Posted: 9:47 AM, Mar 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-31 03:40:39Z

It's the weekly fish fry at Wander Springs Golf Course.

The food is as good as always. The cause has never been more important than tonight.

"Every day it's been agonizing," Jevon Lemke's mother, Carrie Holton, said.

Lemke went missing last weekend when he got caught in a rip current swimming in Alabama. Lemke went into the water to help his family. Hundreds of people in Reedsville are helping them now.

"The love, the prayers, it's been monumental, truly it has," Holton said.

People at Friday's fish fry donated money to the family. Proceeds from the fish fry also went to help. For many people, the cause is personal.

"(Lemke is) a very bright guy, and a delight to be around," Lemke's substitute teacher, Frank Burke, said. "One of the people you were really pleased to know."

"He's an amazing child," Holton said. "He's my guardian angel, and i need him home, in whatever way we can get him."

Holton will fly to Alabama Saturday. A woman she's never met is offering her a place to stay. It's another show of support for a mom holding onto hope.

"There's something in my soul that tells me that I will find him," Holton said.