WIMER, Ore. – Music drifts from the sanctuary of the Evans Valley Bible Church early Sunday morning – a tradition for residents of Wimer. But lately it has also been a much needed source of comfort.
“People are grieving in this community,” said the church pastor Scott Purrier. “It’s not often something this heinous comes to Wimer, Oregon.”
Purrier says he has been receiving calls from people ever since the investigation began — some unable to sleep at night, others unable to accept that something so horrible may have come from someone they know.
“People just reach out to each other and care about each other, and are really involved in each other’s lives,” said Purrier.
In the past week, sheriff’s deputies discovered two dismembered bodies on Susan Monica’s property — one identified as 56-year old Robert Haney.
Meanwhile investigators continue to search for evidence, and even those merely intrigued by the circumstances say the swirl of rumors is unavoidable.
“We don’t know, we’re just waiting to see what comes out of it and whether they really prove that she did what she’s accused of,” said Wimer resident Sandy Thorne.
While residents await answers, community leaders like Purrier are looking for ways to start the healing process. The Evans Valley Bible Church is now considering a special service for people looking to share their grief.
Purrier says he also hopes to spread a message of forgiveness.
“I’d say, Susan, Jesus loves you,” said Purrier. “And boy that’s a wonderful thing.”