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Prayer vigil held for missing man - Dothan Eagle: News

Prayer vigil held for missing man

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 8:53 pm

Dozens attended a prayer vigil Thursday night for Ryles Chapman, a Dothan man who has been missing for more than three weeks.

Chapman, 25, a 2006 graduate of Northview High School, was last seen about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the entrance to Bocage subdivision on U.S. 84 in west Dothan.

The missing man lived with his parents at their home on Asphodel Drive. He left the house on foot and ended up at the entrance where he was spotted by a family friend. “That was the last time of an actual sighting,” his father Wes said.

The Dothan Police Department and the state police have followed up reported sightings at motels, soup kitchens and other leads, but Ryles has not been located.

Wes said soldiers and a helicopter searched woods near the home Wednesday. He said the FBI will be coming in Friday or Saturday to assist in the investigation.

Covenant United Methodist Church, where Ryles, his parents Wes and Jamie Chapman and other members of his family are members, hosted the vigil at the fountain on church grounds.

Participants lit candles and joined in prayer as Senior Pastor Hays McKay, Associate Pastor Kyle Gatlin and others spoke for the man’s safe return.

“A prayer vigil means the prayer doesn’t stop,” Covenant Community Life Director Sherry Koogler told the crowd. She asked people to pray any time they think of Ryles or his family for God to bring him home.

“In times of trouble the one thing that we can hold on to is scripture,” she said before she read from the Book of Psalms.

Wes urged people to continue to share information on Facebook and to keep their eyes open for his son.

Chapman is described as 6 feet one inch tall, 180 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes and has a tattoo on his back that reads “CHAPMAN”.

A reward has been offered for any information leading to his whereabouts. Anyone with information can call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.