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Raleigh Woman Seeks Good Samaritans

Posted May 2, 2007 4:26 p.m. EDT

— 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.