Jaye Shiflet smiles immediately when he thinks of how he met David on a trip that a Crescent High School singing group took to Walt Disney World in Orlando.
"David was probably 16 or 17, and the whole way home, he was asking me these very adult questions," Shiflet said. "Like: Where did I see my future headed? What were my goals? What was important to me as a person? I'm pretty sure that he already had in mind that he wanted me to date his mom. And it worked out ... we've been married almost 15 years."
“Being a Christian, you've got to (forgive). It's what the Bible says.”
Joanne Shiflet looks at a picture of David from junior high, when he's making a "tough face," to be photographed in his football uniform. She remembers that he was part of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post, a program that pairs teens and young adults with deputies, and encourages the students toward academic achievement.
"That's probably where he learned to be an amateur detective," she said, smiling. "That probably helped him know how to interrogate Jaye."
The Shiflets say they never imagined the dark road that was ahead years later.
The last exchange Joanne Shiflet had with her son came through text messages in late summer.
She had heard about the death of actor and comedian Gene Wilder on Aug. 29. She knew David was a big fan, so she sent him a text to let him know.
"Damn," David answered.
It would be the last word she got from her son.
In the hours and days that followed, she sent David other messages. They all went unanswered.
At first, the Shiflets thought David must be working a series of 12-hour shifts at First Quality Enterprises, the Anderson tissue plant. David helped handle printing there and joked about constantly coming home with ink on his hands and clothes.
After a while, though, the Shiflets knew something was wrong. Joanne Shiflet asked the manager at Anderson Crossing Apartments to check out the unit that David shared with his girlfriend. When the manager found the girl friend 's dog, Romeo, alone without food or water, Shiflet knew that she needed to file a missing person's report.
She held his senior picture from Crescent High School in her lap as she made the trip with her husband to talk to detectives.
After the report was filed, the waiting grew more difficult.
The Shiflets, with help from their friends and family, peppered the Upstate with fliers. They prayed every night that their son and his girlfriend, who was also missing, would be found.
Jaye Shiflet said about a week before they learned what happened, he was praying alone as his wife slept.
"I felt this peace come over me," he said. "I felt a voice say: 'I have heard your prayers.' I heard it so strong that I looked to see if someone was in the room."
On Nov. 3, Joanne Shiflet got a call from Chuck Carver, David's father. When they spoke, he told her to sit down.
"He told me that they found Kala and she's alive," she said. "'Oh, thank God,' I said. 'And? And? Finish telling me. Where's David?' He couldn't tell me."
The Shiflets and Carvers were later taken to City Hall in Woodruff, where they waited to learn more about their son.
Eventually, they drove to the land near Wofford Road owned by Todd Kohlhepp, a real estate agent and convicted sex offender. This was the land where David’s girlfriend was found alive. Kohlhepp is charged with kidnapping her.
The Shiflets heard during a bond hearing for Kohlhepp that the rescued woman had seen him shoot Charles David Carver.
"They told us we would hear things in the bond hearing that we had not heard before," Joanne Shiflet said. "But we did not know we would hear that."
Back at Wofford Road, the Shiflets set up a camp, waiting for word on their son. They gathered in a circle, held hands and prayed. They stayed until days dissolved into darkness.
"It just seemed like an eternity," Jaye Shiflet said.
On Nov. 5, they learned that a body found on Kohlhepp's property had been identified as their 32-year-old son.
"There is nothing that prepares you for that," Jaye Shiflet said through tears. "Nothing in the world."
The family of Charles David Carve has planned his memorial service.
It will be Saturday at North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main St., Anderson.
Ahead of the memorial, a family visitation begins at the church at 1 p.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m.
A memorial service for Carver is expected to begin at the church at 4 p.m.