Betty Fisher's house may be just one of the estimated 2,000 buildings reduced to rubble by the devastating tornado that pummeled Joplin, Mo., Sunday but, reports "Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge, the frantic activity around it symbolizes the desperation of a community searching for loved ones missing since the twister hit.
Fisher, 86, was confined to a bed when the tornado hit. She's a respected and well-known member of her community who helped children and had worked in a hospital.
"They said that they were unsure" about Fisher's whereabouts," says family member Penny Loyd, "that she has not been seen. And she's not been seen at one of the hospitals yet. So all we know is she was on the second story of the house when it caved in."
Fellow family member Mike Loyd says Fisher's caregiver and, apparently, her son made it out of the house.
As word spread, a handful of family members looking for Fisher grew to dozens of volunteers in mere minutes.
"It's amazing," says Penny Loyd, "the entire city of Joplin has completely come together, and everybody is just so grateful. I mean, it's complete devastation around her, but that's what we do. We're just coming together."
Rescuers went bravely into the remains of Fisher's house, hoping to find her alive.
As night fell, Damon Townsend stood in the rain holding a photo of his mother-in-law.
"They have not found anything today," he said. "The search continues on. I hope they at least find a body that we can bury."
"In the midst of unbelievable devastation," Wragge marveled, "we saw a community come together for a woman almost no one knew."
"We're a very strong place here," Townsend said, "and we will be here for each other. And when it comes time everybody will be there. That's just the way we are here."