Catherine Grove returns to Wells

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - Twelve days after leaving the Church of Wells and returning to her family, Catherine Grove is back with the church, according to a church elder.

Jacob Gardner confirmed the news in a text.

"As you all have probably heard, Catherine is back and is doing well, by God's grace," Gardner said.

Gardner said in the text he would have more to say Thursday morning.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Angelina County Sheriff Sanches said that at about 9:30 p.m. on April 2, they got a 911 call from Grove, who was looking for a ride after spending almost two years living with members of the Church of Wells. ACSO dispatchers got a welfare concern call about Grove walking down US Highway 69 a short time after that.

An ACSO deputy went to pick her up. Captain Alton Lenderman asked her if she needed anything.

"She eventually said, 'I would like Dairy Queen,' so I went to get that for her," Lenderman said.

Grove's father drove down from Arkansas to pick his daughter up at the sheriff's office. He told the East Texas News that they crossed the state line and went into Arkansas early the morning of April 3.

On April 3, a Church of Wells elder told the East Texas News that Grove left the church of her own free will and said they want her to come back to East Texas.

Elder Jacob Gardner said Grove "left with a bitterness in her heart for the Lord."

Gardner said he did not communicate with Grove before she left, but that the Church is praying for her and praying "God has mercy on her."

However, a KTRE viewer submitted a picture that appeared to show Grove arguing with a Church of Wells member before she made the 911 call.

Grove made headlines when she joined the Church of Wells in 2013 and broke off communications with her family.

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