A mysterious “Guardian Angel” priest showed up at a crash site on Highway 19 in Missouri while rescue workers were still working to extract a woman from a totaled car. After praying with the victim, Katie Lentz, new equipment arrived to assist the rescue workers, who were then able to extract Lentz from her mangled Mercedes, which had been struck head-on by a drunk driver. When rescue workers turned to thank the man, he was nowhere to be seen.
Rescue workers worked for 45 minutes to extract Lentz, who was trapped in her car, but the metal from her older model Mercedes blunted the tools used to cut through the metal:
“The materials it was constructed of were probably better than how cars are constructed today,” said rescue team chief Raymond Reed. “When you compact the materials like that, they become even stronger.”
The rescue went on for over an hour. Lentz could communicate with the rescue workers, but she was still trapped within the car. After about an hour, she told rescue workers that she wanted to pray out loud with them.
That’s when things got weird.
A Catholic priest “came up and offered the patient a prayer,” recalls Reed. “He had anointing oil with him, and a sense of calmness come over her then…and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain who said, or how it was said or where it come from, but me and one of the other firefighters that was next to me heard very plainly that we should remain calm. That our tools would now work, and that we would get her out of that vehicle.
Shortly after, the Hannibal Fire Department arrived with their “jaws of life,” machine, which was able to extract Lentz from the car. Once she was safely in an emergency helicopter, rescue workers turned to thank the mysterious guardian angel priest, but he was gone.
Traffic was blocked for a quarter of a mile, so there were no parked cars nearby. The accident was next to a corn field, so it’s possible that the priest might have disappeared into that. It’s all speculation, because no one can find the priest:
“Whether it was just a priest as an angel, serving as an angel or an actual angel that came in and wearing the priestly attire, he was an angel to all those [rescue workers] and to Katie,” said Lentz’ friend Travis Wiseman.
There are Catholic churches in the area of Highway 19, and apparently one of them houses a priest who has a subtle flair for the dramatic. That or...well, who knows.