It has been a long and difficult journey but the outpouring of love, selflessness and support experienced during the search and recovery of my sister Jody Frocklage last month has been a beautiful and much-needed healing experience for us all.
The Frocklage and Fekete families thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. We have found peace, truth and closure.
Jody went missing on Kalum Lake in late December last year and that began us on our difficult journey.
She was not found then and our journey took us to Gene and Sandy Ralston who, with John Zeman, travelled to Terrace last month to look for Jody with their boat and sonar equipment.
The Ralstons and John were graciously accommodated by Dave Lockhart at Kalum Camp for the duration of the search which was arranged by Ken Anderson with Terrace Search and Rescue.
The task of locating Jody in Kalum Lake was daunting and seemingly impossible.
After twelve hours a day on the water, driven by passion, love and knowledge, on the sixth day Jody was found. There are not words to describe that moment. It was the miracle we had all prayed for.
Jody’s close friend Tracy Fekete, arrived shortly after to accompany us on the lake to place a memorial in honour of Jody. It was breathtakingly beautiful that day.
Thank you to Dave Lockhart for creating the large cross which was placed at the site where Jody was found.
Friends and family are also planning on placing a memorial bench at Ferry Island in the future. It is a park Jody loved. Jody was cremated on May 27.
We’re particularly grateful for those who contributed to the “Bring Jody Home” campaign through the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus to pay for the expenses of the Ralstons and John Zeman.
Everyone who was involved in my search for Jody will forever be in my family’s hearts.