Alabama community rallies around Jevon Lemke’s family as his mom travels there to search for son

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Jevon Lemke’s mother is traveling down to Dauphin Island, Alabama to search for her son, and one woman, a total stranger, is getting the whole community involved to help her.

Jevon was standing on the beach when he saw his dad and stepmom get caught in a riptide.
His uncle grabbed Jevon’s dad, while Jevon grabbed his stepmom.

“And he pushed [his stepmom] and she said she was trying to hang on and he told her to…let him go,” Carrie Holton, Jevon’s mom, said. 

Jevon was supposed to return home back to his mom, but now, his mom is going to find him.

“I imagine what he went through, he was alone, and I was supposed to protect him, and I’m angry that I wasn’t there to do that.”

A total stranger offered to let Carrie and her friends and family to stay with her on Dauphin Island, for free.

“She’s also organized…boats and searchers and just anybody and everybody, and people who can’t search she’s even got them together to get meals prepared for all of us, and taking donations,” Carrie explained. “This woman has been an angel and I don’t even know who she is. Yet.”

That woman is Nicki McClure, who reached out to Carrie on Facebook and has gotten to know her well after talking for just a couple days.

“She could barely talk, she was just really, really upset and emotional as you well know, but she got herself together,” Nicki said. “She’s a veteran, she’s an Air Force veteran and she’s strong, and she just wants everybody to help her find her son. She said she didn’t want to go back without him.”

Carrie says she knows the empty feeling that comes with losing someone.

She says, she doesn’t feel that, which is fueling her hope that her son will be found.

“I ache, but there’s still that fullness that I have to me, so I believe that there’s still hope,” Carrie said. “I don’t know if it’s hope that we’ll just find him so i can bring him home…but, yeah, there’s something in my soul that tells me that I will find him.”

Carrie will fly out to Alabama at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning.

She is asking anyone who has boats or drones near Dauphin Island to come help search, and if they can’t, she would just like prayers. 

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