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Continued: Teen, formerly abducted by father, now wants quiet, normal life

  • Article by: CHUCK RUPNOW , Eau Claire (Wis.) Leader-Telegram
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 7:05 PM

Karna Marks, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pepin, recalls the massive effort to locate Christopher.

“We live in a broken world, and community is the way that God is knitting a broken world back together,” Marks said when asked to reflect on the 10th anniversary of Christopher’s return and the community’s involvement. “That’s what happened.”

Jennifer and Christopher, along with their strong support system, take glimpses into the past but focus on the future.

“We’re hoping his story provides hope for other people, and maybe, you never know, but maybe somebody will be found by this story,” Jennifer said. “That would be kind of cool, wouldn’t it?”


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  • Chris Samples was 4 when he was reunited with his grandfather, Bill Bjork, in 2003 after being held captive for 15 months.

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