SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --- The family of 41-year-old Springfield resident Christopher Friedrich is speaking out Sunday as the search continues to find him in Maine. Freidrich was reported missing Tuesday, and Swanville officials suspect he drowned in Swan lake.
"We've been trying to figure out what could've happened," Friedrich's fiancé Latoya Campbell said.
The family said he was last heard from on the afternoon of June 5.
"I was in shock. I kind of didnt come out of shock until Thursday morning," Campbell said.
According to loved ones, he was in Maine as a part of a cross country journey to spread his father's ashes in a few of his favorite locations, and he'd been gone for weeks.
"It was odd because usually he's on Facebook posting and letting everybody know how the trip is going," his brother, Jonah Friedrich said.
Friedrich's sister, Ingrid Lesher, said they've been able to keep hope alive thus far.
"We're hoping that he is [safe] and he knows how much we're hurting and he gets in contact with us," Lesher said.
Multiple family members said this tragic incident has pulled the family close together.
"We're just sitting together everyday from the time [the search and rescue teams] go on the lake to the time they tell me they come from the lake, praying and talking about him," Lesher said.