Church raises money for kidnap-torture victim

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on March 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 19 at 12:41 AM

WEATHERFORD — A Parker County church is rising money to support a woman who investigators say was kidnapped and tortured.

Members of the South Main Church of Christ in Weatherford have set up a fund to collect donations for the 62-year-old woman who was held for days in what authorities called a "house of horrors."

The victim did not belong to the 500-member church, but elders felt compelled to help her.

"We felt like if that was our family, we would want someone to do that for our family," said Pam Whitley, the church's financial secretary.

The church says 100 percent of the money collected will go to the woman, possibly to help rebuild her home, which was burned to the ground. Deputies say her kidnapper, Jeffrey Maxwell, torched it two days after taking her.

The woman's identity is being withheld because she is a sex crime victim. Church members are donating to a "Jane Doe" fund.

"I think probably right now, she feels like she's in such a lonely place," Whitley said. "I think she'll see that her community is there for her ... even people that don't know her will be helping her."

Maxwell will be in court next week. Also next week, investigators will search some of his past homes for possible connections to missing persons cases.

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Donations to the Jane Doe Recovery Fund can be made to either:

South Main Church of Christ
c/o Jane Doe Recovery Fund
133 College Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

Legacy Texas Bank
c/o South Main Church of Christ Benevolent Fund
1111 Santa Fe
Weatherford, TX 76086
(write "Jane Doe" in the check memo)

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