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East Texans rally to bring home Church of Wells member

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WELLS, TX (KTRE) -

On a rainy Saturday morning friends and family gathered at Wells high school in support of the Grove family, they haven't seen their daughter since August 19th.

"It's not about religion it's about letting a family see their daughter," said Tommy Durham, Wells Resident.

Andy and Patty Grove say their 26-year-old daughter Catherine Grove has been living with members of the Church of Wells for the past four months.

 "You should be free Catherine and we want to see you," said Patty Grove, Catherine's Mother.

The Grove's say they have made numerous failed attempts to find and contact her and they believe the group is neither a church nor a cult.

 "This is a criminal organization posing as a religious organization to hide their criminal activity, we alleged that they are benefiting from forced labor and property of the victims they target," said Andy Grove.

For the Grove's, Saturday was about family, unity and finding hope while searching for their lost daughter.

Family friend Stacy Witt drove from McKinney to offer her support and she says families stick together no matter what.

 "As parents and as mothers you fight your entire like for your children no matter what their age and you should never ever stop fighting for your children," said Witt.

Their friends say all the Grove's want is to hear their daughter's voice and know she's ok.

 "That's all they want is to hear from here without any interaction with anybody from the church, from herself out of her own free will that she wants to stay here," said Durham.

But until then, the Grove's don't plan on giving up anytime soon and say they'll do everything they can to bring their daughter home.

 "We may never see you again Catherine and I don't know what I'll do if I don't ever see you again," said Patty Grove.

In a previous report, the church elders said Catherine traveled to their church by her own free will.  They also noted her decision to have her soul saved was one made on her own free will.

The Groves are from Arkansas but say they have been living in Wells for the past few months trying to find their daughter.

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