ONN – Prayer Service And Vigil For San Franciscans Whose Plane Vanished In Mendocino County
Prayer Service and Vigil for San Franciscans Whose Plane Vanished over Lost Coast in Mendocino County
Justin Winfrey is beloved leader in S.F. African American community, Kayla Rodriguez is respected nurse
DATE: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
WHERE: Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St., San Francisco.
WHAT: Family and friends of Justin Winfrey and Kayla Rodriguez will join together with community members to pray for them at a vigil. They have been missing since Oct. 24. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the two were last seen at a restaurant in the town of Shelter Cove in Humboldt County and were reportedly headed to the Brooktrails Airport near Willits. Sheriff’s officials say they dropped off the radar at about 9:20 p.m. approximately five miles off the coast between Rockport and Wheeler.
The Coast Guard conducted a search for the missing plane, but it was discontinued because of weather and resources.
Family members have been canvassing the coastal area, handing out flyers and talking to locals. They also reportedly chartered a helicopter and volunteers with boats have been searching the water for any sign of the plane. The pair were traveling in Winfrey’s small plane, a red and white Piper Arrow with a tail number of N4958J.
So far, no evidence has been found. The prayer and vigil on Sunday is being held to encourage hope and to encourage local searchers to continue their quest, hopefully to find the couple alive.
WHY: Justin Winfrey grew up in San Francisco, attended Archbishop Riordan High School, graduated from University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is a beloved member of the community and is close friends with many–and known for his outgoing personality and his generosity. He loves to fly planes and would gladly take anyone from the community, many of whom had never been on an airplane, and give them a tour.
Kayla Rodriguez is a beloved and respected labor and delivery nurse at California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s campus in Bernal Heights.
WHO: Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church
Family and friends of Mr. Winfrey and Ms. Rodriguez, community members, the public is invited.
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