Prayer vigil held for missing woman Edna Quintana


Photos by Marie Mccolm A prayer vigil was held for Edna Quintana on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Saint Agnes Catholic Church. Father Eric Haarer led the prayer vigil on Nov. 4 at Saint Agnes Catholic Church for Edna Quintana, who has been missing since May 3.

SAGUACHE — A prayer vigil was held for Edna Quintana on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Saint Agnes Catholic Church. Approximately 60 people attended the vigil for Quintana who has been missing since May 3.

The vigil honored Quintana and Suzanne Morphew and James Montoya, two people who disappeared and were both found deceased.

Quintana grew up and lived in Saguache County for many years and was well known. Many of the people who attended the vigil hugged before walking into the church.

Eddie Garcia welcomed everyone to the vigil. Father Eric Haarer gave an opening prayer and then Iris Garcia talked about the missing people.

Debbie Quintana read a statement from Morphew family who was found deceased in the same mountain area where Edna allegedly disappeared.

“To the family of Edna Quintana gathered to pray and remember her. This year on Sept. 22, two women’s paths crossed through each other’s. A divine encounter in which my family found closure, while yours found new light shining on your loved one. I was notified by the sheriff that remains had been found and they were positively identified as my beloved sister, Suzanne Morphew. After over 3 years my prayers, and prayers of many were answered. I felt a burden lifted and a new peace settled in my heart. Several days passed and further conversation with authorities revealed to me that circumstances in the way that Suzanne’s remains were discovered. I was to hear of Edna’s disappearance for the first time. I would also hear about the active search which took place for Edna, on Sept. 22, in Saguache County to the eyes of the authorities looking for Edna. I believed this to be a divine encounter for these two women and for their families. At that moment there was a debt of gratitude written on my heart for Edna and will continue for all of those in authority who are doing their assigned tasks and looking for missing people. Today we remember Edna Quintana, her family, and friends, searching for a loved one is a journey nobody ever imagines they will take. It is wrapped with moments of great sadness. It’s a painful journey of ambiguous loss alone. My experience proves that we must have God’s help and intervention. Therefore, I ask that today prayers be offered to those in authority, who are given the task of finding Edna. They need strength and perseverance. I am with you in spirit Suzanne Morphew’s sister.”

Edna’s sister, Marilyn Quintana, also got up and read a poem for her sister and with tears running down her face said, “Her two sisters, her brother, and her mom, miss her very much and want her back. We ask everyone to please keep Edna’s name active. We do not want anyone to forget that she is still not home. We hope and pray that she is found safe. Please everyone help us keep her case and name active. Edna, we love you, we miss you, and we just want you home.”

If anyone knows of Edna Quintana’s whereabouts or has seen her since the date she disappeared, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement authority or the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.

The family thanked everyone who attended the service and asked that everyone continue to pray for her safe return.