Priest reported missing in Greece returns home; family asks for prayers
Father Christiaan Kappes (October 11, 2012)
The family of Father Christiaan Kappes said the priest is safe but is “not well.” They stated Kappes is confused about events that occured in Greece.
The family said Kappes and Lekakou made plans to fly back to Indianapolis, but neither one of them boarded their flights. Since their conversation with Kappes, the priest’s family has worked tirelessly with the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. State Department and Greek authorities to find him.
On Monday, Kappes called his family to say he made it safely out of the country with his translator. He reported he was unharmed but that Lekakou was hospitalized with some injuries. The following day, Fox59 received a phone call from Kappes, which now has his family fearing for his mental state.
Kappes’ sister, Nadia Charcap, listened to the call with Fox59, in which Kappes detailed a bizarre assassination plot involving himself and his interpreter.
Charcap said the story of that apparent assassination attempt did not resemble the story her brother told her family before he was reported missing last week. She said it also didn’t sound like the conversation she had with him after he resurfaced on Monday.
Charcap, who said she has never seen or heard her brother act so strange, said she doesn’t know exactly what her brother has been through since he left the embassy last week, but she said his phone call makes her very concerned about his mental health.
Kappes' sister posted the following message to her Facebook page following the return of her brother:
"Chris is home. It was so nice to hug him and know that he is alive. My father and I are very grateful that we are now a family again. He is home. He hasn't slept in two days and is going to need lots of rest. Thank you for all your love, support, and concern. I told him about all of you and how much support and prayer was sent to him from all around. He said he wished that he could write each one of you a thank you letter. He was very appreciative of the efforts made on everyone's behalf to find him. He felt humbled and grateful, but is definitely going to need some time to regain his composure and begin his life anew. I simply ask for your prayers. The experiences that we endure in life are not always easy. This is one is hard and only with God's grace and guidance, will he be able to move forward and regain a sense of security, direction, and gravity. I will do all I can to keep you informed of his continued progress. I pray that soon he might feel well enough to celebrate a Mass where we might all attend and rejoice together in thanksgiving to God for bringing my brother home. My gratitude is to all of you. Thank you for everything."
Fox59 will have a full report beginning at 4 p.m. on Fox59 News.