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Georgia O'Connor ~ Magnolia Potpourri

 Medium helps find missing man;
Family still shocked about what happened


By SARAH PUCKETT
The Magnolia PotPourri, Magnolia, Texas
October 12, 2007


  
   
 Lonnie “Paul” Pennington and his sister Lori Likos looking at pictures of their late brother, Larry Pennington, who was missing for days before medium Georgia O’Conner assisted the family in finding him.  
A Magnolia area family claims a medium helped find their missing brother who was discovered dead in New Braunfels, Texas on Sept. 21.

According to the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department, Larry Pennington had been reported missing from his home in New Braunfels since Sept. 14. Maria Pennington, Larry Pennington's wife, filed the missing persons report.
Lori Likos, Larry Pennington's sister, said she would have never imagined her brother would have gone missing, not to mention using a medium to help find him. The Pennington family was four days into the search for their missing brother when talking to Conroe medium Georgia O'Conner was suggested.

"We were just looking for anything or anyone to help find Larry," said Likos.

She said her brother Paul Pennington and her daughter Laurie Likos had gone to see O'Conner in April on their mother's birthday, a year after she passed away from Leukemia, "just to see what would happen." After just one reading with O'Conner, Likos said they never questioned the medium's ability to relay messages from people on "the other side."

So when Liko's daughter suggested calling O'Conner to help find Lary Pennington, she said she thought "what could it hurt."

Likos said she asked her sister-in-law, Magnolia resident Sharon Pennington, to find O'Conner's phone number and call her.

Sharon said she called the Conroe Chamber of Commerce.

"They had no listings for psychics or mediums in the area but they did remember the name Dennis O'Conner from a nonprofit group that helped people with disabilities to participate in the arts called, Let Me Shine," Sharon said.

The chamber gave her the man's phone number and according to Sharon, she talked to Dennis who turned out to be the medium's husband. Sharon told him what had happened and asked if his wife, Georgia, could help.

"I didn't know what would happen, but I said if I had time I would see what I could get," Dennis O'Conner said.

Georgia said she focused her energy and asked "where is Larry Pennington," as she was driving to work that morning.

Georgia said most of her work involves relaying messages between living and deceased family members or friends.
As Georgia drove she saw what she described as a split screen, one side in color the other in black and white. She said when she got to her office she called Likos and asked if Larry had any history of mental illness or if he was taking any drugs because she couldn't understand what she was seeing.

As the day went on, Georgia said her full day of appointments suddenly opened which according to her was really unusual. She said as she sat in her office she saw a map of New Braunfels.

"I'm not a native Texan, I had to call my husband and ask him what that name was and where it was," she said. "Dennis pulled a map up of New Braunfels and talked me through what I was seeing."

Georgia said she saw a river and just below a river there was a bend where she saw two roads intersecting which were Grenada and Santiago. She said she saw a line drawn in between the two roads and she saw Larry in his vehicle, but she had no idea if he was alive or dead. Within minutes she called Likos with the news.

Meanwhile, Likos and her brother Paul were driving around the hills in New Braunfels looking for a house Larry had once described to them when they got the call.

"I had to get a map out and look at what she was describing to us," Paul said. "Once we saw it I told Lori not to be scared, just to hold on because I was going to drive as fast as I could to get to Larry."

According to New Braunfels Police Department Det. M. Penshorn, the department received a call from someone who had spotted a vehicle matching Larry Pennington's with someone slumped over the steering wheel in it.

"We drove out there and confirmed it was Larry Pennington's vehicle and he was found deceased at the scene, Penshorn said.

Likos and Paul said they never received a call from police but drove to the location that Georgia had described and saw Larry's vehicle and jumped out when a New Braunfels detective stopped them and said they couldn't go any further.

Their brother was 49 when he took his life. The Pennington's made one more visit to the Georgia to thank her for her assistance and to find out if Larry was OK.

"I consider myself a religious person, but I know religion would not believe what Georgia has been able to tell us about why Larry did this," Likos said. "She has helped us tremendously. We were able to get a message from Larry and ask him questions about his death, our questions have been answered."

Georgia said she is still amazed at what happened, and if what she did helped just one person that was enough for her.