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UPDATE: Missing cat found after tragedy in SW Gainesville

Published: Nov. 21, 2018 at 6:39 PM EST
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UPDATE: Volunteers from Operation Catnip have found Kimba, and now have safely captured all three of the Williams family's cats. Volunteers were allowed into the home on Friday, and found the missing cat hiding in a closet. Kimba will be reunited with Jude and Sadie who are already in the care of Williams family relatives.

ORIGINAL STORY: The mother and daughter murdered in their North Central Florida home last week are being laid to rest by their family members this week.

Lisa Williams, 57, and Paige Williams, 15, were killed inside their Gainesville home last week.

Husband and father, Paul Williams, is being charged with their murders.

Lisa and Paige are survived by older daughter and sister Lindsey Williams as well as dozens of extended family members.

Lisa worked at Steven Foster Elementary School as a media specialist. Family members say she had a magnetic personality that drew people from all walks of life.

Paige was a student at Buchholz High School. She was an outgoing teen a unique trendsetter that expressed herself through her writing.

Their funerals are planned for this Friday at Baxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in Okeechobee at 11 am.

As the family of Lisa and Paige cope with their loss, community members are stepping forward to relocate their pets to a new home.

Volunteers with Operation Catnip have safely captured two of Paige and Lisa's cats, but there's still another one missing.

"At this point yet we don't know exactly where the cat is, there's a possibility that she's inside the house or there's a possibility that she's outside the house,” Melissa Jenkins, with Operation Catnip, said.

Operation Catnip volunteers are trying to find Kimba, a brown tabby cat that lived in the Williams home with two other cats.

"They weren't aware of their situation, they have no idea what's going on so for us the goal is to get them back inside where they're comfortable,” Caitlin Shields, a volunteer coordinator, said.

Jude and Sadie, the two other cats, were found safe inside the home.

“So they're completely calm so it's a good sign,” Shields said.

With the possibility of Kimba still hiding inside the house or out in the neighborhood, staff and volunteers are asking residents not to leave any food or water out for the cat.

"This isn't a cat who is just going walk up to somebody on the street,” Jenkins said.

These traps are specially built to safely capture missing animals.

The three cats will be given to one of Lisa and Paige's family members.

If you do happen to spot Kimba, reach out to Operation Catnip.