Since Catherine Grove joined the Church of Wells nearly five years ago, her parents, Patty and Andy, claim she’s run away from their property in East Texas at least four times.

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“In April of 2015, I received a call that Catherine had escaped the Church of Wells,” says Andy. “When I came into the Sheriff’s office, Catherine looked extremely thin. She wouldn’t say anything when I talked to her. She just looked at me.”

In 2016, sheriff’s officials say Catherine walked almost 10 miles from the Church of Wells property to a private home and asked for a ride, but when authorities were called in to help, she walked away.

“I feel horrified that my daughter is trying to leave someplace - that she’s someplace with strangers,” says Patty, adding, “I feel helpless that I can’t help her.”

Catherine’s parents say she came home to them once, but eventually returned to the Church. Now, she’s married to a church member, has one child and, reportedly, another on the way.

Why do they say they’ve never been allowed to meet their grandchild?

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