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Raleigh Woman Seeks Good Samaritans

Posted May 2, 2007

— A Raleigh woman is looking for a husband and wife believed to be from Fayetteville who she calls her "guardian angels."

Kelly Jernigan and her family were at Myrtle Beach this past weekend when their worst fear came true: She lost her 6-year-old son, Hayden, on the beach.

Jernigan said the couple, who might have been in their early 50s, was instrumental in helping her find her son and get through the ordeal. She said they stayed on the beach with her daughters while their father searched for Hayden.

"I was so distraught I did not get their names, and I want to thank them," Jernigan said. "I think of them daily."

They were there with their church group from Fayetteville, Jernigan said, and were staying at the Sand Dunes Beach Resort on April 28.

The hotel told Jernigan the only church group staying there that weekend was the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte. There is no such church in Fayetteville.

"It is so important to me to make sure they know how much faith in human kind they have given to me and how appreciative I am of their selfless giving in my family's time of need," Jernigan said.

"I have my baby back thanks to them, and I want them to know I love them and appreciate all they did," she added.


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  • refiman May 3, 2007

    no, the strangers stayed on the beach with the daughters, no memtion on where the mother was. I don't leave my child with people I don't know. Not going to justify my position. My position justifies itself.

  • refiman May 3, 2007

    2little2late, that's nice, I'm willing to watch your kids, since you don't have a problem with strangers.

  • anneonymousone May 3, 2007

    The whole "stranger danger" spiel is nonsense anyways. Frequent news readers and law enforcement personnel know that most violence is committed by people who are known to the survivors. Trust me, I know.

    That doesn't mean that strangers are absolutely to be trusted, but they aren't to fall under automatic suspicion, either.

    Hurray for the kindness and compassion of the couple and for the gratitude of the woman whose child returned to her safely.

  • davido May 3, 2007

    Yes, thanks for reporting this!

  • special k May 3, 2007

    i reads to me that the "strangers" stayed with the mother and the daughters while the father searched so i would say that any stranger who would help keep the family calm was truly a blessing and that the mother shouldn't be admonished for accepting kindness :-)

  • 2little2late May 3, 2007

    REFI MAN...long walk short pier tough guy....pick on somebody your own size... i bet you're a hoot around birthday parties and christmas....

  • refiman May 3, 2007

    So, the parents lost 1 child and left the others in the care of starngers. How responsible is that. They are lucky that the strangers did not take off with the kids. strange isn't it that we will trust stranger then not trust our own neighbors, strange.

  • islandgirl May 3, 2007

    despite the evilness in this world, the crimes that take place everyday, the hurt and pain one causes to someone and their family's, there are still a whole lot of good people in the world, and when someone touches your life like that, you are forever more greatful, and I hope that the couple who helped this family out reads this and best wishes to all

  • roe May 3, 2007

    I appreciate the determination this mother has in locating two people who displayed an act of kindness and true concern. I wish her the best in locating the 2 who have given her back something that can't be replaced.

  • cagerat42 May 3, 2007

    I'm sure they know how you feel.