Families of several of the seven missing women that a task force is focusing on came to Chillicothe’s candlelight vigil on Thursday.They say they are seeking comfort and answers.
Yoctangee Park is an idyllic setting, where people gathered to hear a serious message from community and church leaders about area women who have gone missing over the last two years.
NBC4 spoke with two of those families about the anguish of not knowing the whereabouts of their missing daughters and sisters.
Both families said they just want some kind of closure. Nancy Bowen’s daughter Jayme went missing from Columbus last April.
“It has destroyed the family, it has changed our lives. Actually, it is unexplainable!” she said.
Nancy said Jayme was walking from her sister’s home to hers when she disappeared around Parsons and Stewart Avenues.
“I mean, this is just unbelievable,” she said.
The task force started this week is focusing on seven women: three from Ross County, two from Franklin County including Jayme Bowen and Holly Logan, and two from Scioto County, including Megan Lancaster.
“I just feel like we can all stand together and fight for our women,” said Kadie Lancaster, Megan’s sister. “They all have children, mothers and fathers and we just want answers.”
Families NBC4 talked to said most of the missing women were struggling with heroin addiction.
Almost all of them also traveled in the same circle, but both women said no one should have to live with the heartbreak they do.
”I know they feel the pain I do,” Bowen said. “None of us has an answer.”
“I think people truly thought they were taking people no one cared about,” Lancaster said.
Task force officials said they are looking at all connections and are not ruling anything out at this point.