Body of Gatlinburg man's missing wife identified

Reed family

"I'm just hoping for a miracle", said Reed, who choked up before pulling up pictures of his family on his phone to show viewers in hopes that someone has seen his wife and daughters.

Michael Reed said he and his son went for a drive Monday night, leaving his wife and daughters behind at their home on Wiley Oakley Road.

"We received confirmation through the Sevier County Sheriff's Department that the body of Constance has been discovered", said pastor Phillip Morris, of Parkway Church of God in Sevierville, Tennessee. Grandmother Jeannie Gardner believes they are her granddaughters, 9-year-old Lily and 12-year-old Chloe, but she is waiting on positive identification from the medical examiner' office. They didn't realize how close the fire was until Constance called him.

Family members say their bodies were found with their mother in a cabin miles from their home as they tried to escape.

Reed told her to call 911.

On Thursday, Grant Reed and his daughter, who lives in Toledo, traveled to Gatlinburg to help in the search.

Constance, Chloe and Lily were found together in another structure.

Michael and his son were able to get into Gatlinburg to visit shelters. "Please continue to pray for my son Michael and his son Nicholas".

They are raising money through a donation fund and are working on getting him packages of supplies.

After getting caught in the traffic of the massive evacuation - more than 14,000 people were evacuated from Sevier County according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) - Reed had what would become his final contact with his family in several days.

Meanwhile thousands of people in Gatlinburg are preparing to get their first look at what remains of their homes and businesses Friday morning.

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