Watauga Democrat
November 3, 2008


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Missing children

believed to be in Boone
By Melanie Davis

Three children reported missing in September 2007 from Eureka Springs, Ark., are believed to be in the Boone or Asheville area.

The children, twins Anna and Hopi Gray, 5, and their brother, Washoo Holderfield, 1, were reportedly abducted by their noncustodial mother, Rebecca Christian, 36.

Anna Gray

The children's mother, also known as Rebecca Gray or Rebecca Holderfield, was once a student at Appalachian State University and is believed to still have connections in the area.

She is also reported to have family in the Asheville area.

In a press release Monday, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children case manager Phyllis O'Brien said there are strong indications that Christian would return to the area.

Both Anna and Hopi have brown hair and blue eyes and would be approximately 3 feet tall. They will turn 6 years old on Nov. 18. Very little identifying information is available for the youngest child, Washoo. He was six months old at the time of the abduction.

Hopi Gray

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the children are urged to call the toll-free hotline for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678, or (800) THE-LOST.

Persons may also call any local law enforcement agency. A felony abduction warrant is on file through the National Crime Information Center, accessible to any state, local or federal law enforcement officer.

Boone Police Department may be reached at (828) 262-4500. The Watauga County Sheriff's Office may be reached at (828) 264-3761.


Rebecca Gray


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