Missing Gillette woman's family holds out hope - KOTA Territory News

Missing Gillette woman's family holds out hope


The search continues for Matthew Ahrens, 37, his girlfriend Trista Meyer, 34 and her daughter Shyann Lenz, 9; as well as Ahren's two dogs.

As day five of the search comes to a close, their family back home in Gillette holds onto hope and faith for their safe return home.

"I can't describe the pain, because I've never felt anything like this," said Myra Fees, Trista Meyer's mother.

Fees says for her daughter Trista the trip to California on a private plane was fairly routine.

Her boyfriend Matt is an experienced pilot; a passion Trista shares.

"She's been working on getting her pilots license," said Fees.

Despite their combined experience their plane is still missing in the mountains of Utah.

"I can see Trish as that plane was going down, throw herself onto Shyann to protect her," Mark Lenz, Shayann's dad.

"It's just like an emotional roller coaster, the phone rings and your heart stops, you run for it and it's not the news you want," said Fees.

News that rescue workers have not yet found their loved ones.

"Most of them are volunteers and they're giving up their family life and their whole life right now to search to put our family back together," said Fees.

But Mark Lenz, Shyann's father, says while Utah's Civil Air Patrol is diligently searching; more can be done.

"It's important that we get the National Guard involved they have the capability to search at night. They have the capability to airlift ground troops in there to look in the areas that need to be searched by foot. Because it could be the difference as to whether or not my little girl comes home breathing or not, said Lenz.

But for now they hold out hope.

"I just want them to come home," said Fees.

Home - to enjoy time with family, to reminisce, and to make new memories.

"Looking through these and having such good memories of all the years we've had, I just hope we can have a whole bunch more," said Fees.

The family created a Facebook page titled: 'Prayers for Trista, Shy, and Matt', to aide in the search. As of Friday, the page had close to 10 thousand followers from around the country.

The family says the prayers and an out-pouring of support have been extremely helpful during this trying time.


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