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Mother's Day celebration for murdered Taylor Co. mom


by Cami Mountain

MEDFORD (WAOW) -- One year ago, the remains of Jean Viken were found by two people fishing in Sawyer County.  On Mother's Day, her family is celebrating her life.

Under a tree, in memory of Jean Viken, sits 4 flamingos.  One for each of her children.

Viken's sister, Jane Hempel says, "When she was first a mother, she would always have the little ones stand on one leg and then she'd laugh hilariously because she'd tell them 'Do the flamingo' and they'd plop right over. She thought that was the funniest thing ever. That was her proud moment of being a mom."

Viken won't have any more of those moments.  In January, 2008, she went missing from her Owen home.  4 months later, she was found dead in Sawyer County.  No one has been arrested for the murder.

Viken's mom, Nancy Schreiner says, "Whoever did this to her is still walking the streets and that isn't right. Until there is justice for Jean, is isn't going to be right."

Now, on Mother's Day and one day after what would have been her 40th birthday, Jean's family is celebrating her life and the love she had for her 4 kids.

Hempel adds, "Those kids, they were her life. So, on Mother's day, we had to honor her."

Jean's family say's they'll honor her and fight for her until whoever killed her is found.

"We're going to keep her memory alive no matter what. We will not rest until justice is served. We owe that to her. She did not deserve to die the way she did. Her four kids did not deserve to lose their mom."

If you have any information about the murder of Jean Viken, you're asked to call the Taylor County Sheriff's Department at (715) 748-2200.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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