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Prayers offered for Jenni-Lyn

Family, friends and community members gathered Wednesday afternoon at St. Margaret's Parish in Mattydale to offer prayers and hope for finding Jenni-Lyn Watson.

The 20-year-old Liverpool woman went missing Nov. 19.

"She was a very good person," said one young lady at the vigil.

During services, Father Robert Hyde asked for strength from God and for Watson, wherever she may be.

"Prayer is just a basic acknowledgment that we need help. We need help for Jenni-Lyn," Hyde said. "A safe return, that's what we most pray for."

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, the hundreds gathered were reminded that it is a great time for prayer, and asked that wherever they may be to pray for Watson.

Father Francis Pompei asked the family to feel the power of Christ during their time of need, saying he cannot imagine the fear they are feeling.

"Wherever there is fear, love has not yet been perfected. The Lord offers you great consolation," he said. "We come and ask that you, Watson family, will feel the power of Christ."

As prayers were said, law enforcement officials continued their search for the Mercyhurst College junior just a short distance away in the town of Clay.

Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby said six search teams consisting of 22 people and two dogs convened on the wooded areas between Henry Clay Boulevard and Morgan Road, and between Buckley Road and Route 481.

Darby said the search and rescue teams that have been scanning the location have covered approximately 600 acres of terrain over the last two days on their search for Watson, or clues leading to her disappearance.

Throughout their investigation into her disappearance, detectives have continued to follow a variety of leads including information regarding a dark colored pickup truck that may have been in the area of Donegal Way the day Watson was reported missing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have been in the area between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. who may have been operating or seen the pickup to contact the sheriff's office.

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