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Eskew's mother thankful to community

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Rhonda Hawkins, the mother of Billy Ray Eskew, contacted LDN to make her appreciation known to the community. She wishes to let everyone know how much she appreciated their help, kindness and sympathy during a most trying time.

The mother of the youth who died under tragic circumstances on May 26 wanted to communicate to the community before returning to Iowa. "I really don't know what to say. I am so very grateful to everyone who helped look for my son," she said.

She named the Logan County Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, the Logan County Sheriff's Department and the Red Cross; however, she wanted to express her gratitude to everyone involved in the search: "There were so many people involved in the search from so many communities, and I couldn't even begin to name everyone I want to thank."

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Hawkins stated she truly appreciated the fact that searchers didn't give up and went over areas twice. "I also want to thank everyone who donated food and drinks to the search members, and just everyone who was so kind to us," she said.

She wanted everyone to know she would remember them as she continues to cope with her loss. "To all those people, many who I don't know, who said they would keep my son and our family in their prayers, I want them to know they are all in my prayers."

[Posted June 14, 2008]

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