'We're sad, but we're happy': Son sees 'divine providence' in man's body being found

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 7:24 p.m. MDT

"He and my mom sold everything they had in their mid-20s, said goodbye to their parents for the last time, their uncles and brothers and sisters and aunts and cousins and all that, and got on a ship and came over here in 1959 because or their faith," Jacob Helland said.

Jacob was just 1 year old when his parents came to America.

"We as family feel we have been blessed because of that" sacrifice his parents made, Jacob Helland said.

Helland had overwhelming praise for Unifed police, Sheriff Jim Winder and the many volunteers who spent hours looking for his father, calling the experience a "spiritual" and "moving" event.

"We realize this was much bigger than just our family," he said.

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