WELLS, TX (KTRE) - It was a twist of fate Sunday for the Church of Wells, as several law enforcement officers headed to their church on Sunday. However, this time the church actually called authorities.
Deacon Richard (Rick) Trudeau said they made the call because some Wells residents on a Sunday walk trekked along the road in front of their church. Walking with the group of 8 family members were two additional people: Andy and Patty Grove, parents of Katherine Grove.
Trudeau said the call law enforcement because they believe it was a "manner of protest" for that number of people to walk by their church.
However, the Groves said they had called and texted their daughter and her fiance Ronnie Saltsman to let them know they would be traveling through the area on Saturday and Sunday on the way to visit a family member. Their plan to go to dinner with their daughter and her future-husband on Sunday.
Patty Grove said with surprise, "They invited us last month to come spend the night with them. And we're like 'OK. We'll come spend the night with you.' But we never heard back from them. And so, I sent them more text messages last night let them know, 'We're here. We want to see you.' We had no idea a wedding was taking place."
This was baffling to both of the Groves. They said when Katherine voluntarily left the Church April 2nd, she later told them when they returned to Arkansas that she had a fiance and they planned to get married on April 23rd. They say Katherine asked them to attend the wedding and they agreed. However, that wedding was postponed for some reason.
Andy Grove said while they were on that Sunday walk, a member of the church, whom he hears from regularly, called out to him and said he wanted to say something to him. So, Mr. Grove said the man, who was in a vehicle on the public road eventually shared with him that their daughter would be getting married that day, but the parents could not attend.
The church says one of the "walkers"--not the Groves--was arrested for failure to present an I-D. Cherokee County Sheriff's Office would not confirm an arrest or even the nature of having several of their deputies there on that late-morning.
The Groves say they totally support their daughter and is certain that she will be a good wife and mother. Along with wishing her happiness in the engagement and marriage, they said they hope to get to meet and spend time with Saltsman in Wells, as well as in Arkansas. They've extended an invitation for him to come help them build a barn that's under construction so they can begin to build a relationship with him.