Families of missing gather for candlelight vigil

They will join together for a search party this weekend on Westside

By Ashley Harding - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One day before they set out in search of answers, families of missing people gathered together in support of one another in a candlelight vigil.

The vigil was held at Jax Jewelry & Pawn on Blanding Boulevard, where Austin Davis was last seen seven years ago.

Starting Saturday, family and friends of missing people in the area will team up with the CUE Center for Missing Persons for a weekend search party around Jacksonville's Westside.

Anita Sullivan's brother, Austin Davis, disappeared in 2007.

"He has family. He has friends," Sullivan said. "My son was just 4 years old when Austin went missing. He's 11 today. He still remembers and talks about his uncle Austin."

Also at the vigil was the family of Rosemary Day, a young woman who suffers from depression and was last seen in 2011.

"I don't know what to think," said Gerry Day, Rosemary's father. "I wish I could tell you. It just kind of numbs you in a way. You just hope something good comes about."

These families were preparing for a hopeful weekend ahead of them as they pass out fliers and search with cadaver dogs in the area of Blanding and 103rd Street. No matter what, they refuse to lose faith that one day they'll find out what happened to their loved ones.

"It really does bring hope to all of the families here just to know that people have not forgotten that people care," Sullivan said. "We really appreciate it."

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