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Riders pay tribute to Deidre Harm

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By Heather Sawaski

KELLNER (WAOW) -- It's been almost 4 years since the body of 21 year old Deidre Harm was found in Wood County. She disappeared in the summer of 2006 after leaving a Wisconsin Rapids bar. As police continue to search for her killer, friends and family continue to honor her memory on the highway.

She was a mother, daughter, niece, and friend. Deidre Harm was taken too soon. That's why friends and family gather each summer to honor her legacy. They hit the highways on their bikes. It's something they know, that would make Deidre smile. She and her father shared a passion for motorcycles.

"This is something we can do to remember her," explained her Uncle Jeffrey Harm. "Unfortunately, there's no more birthdays. So this is something we do in our honor for her."

Dozens of riders set out on a 150 mile tour of southern Wisconsin. It's not only a tribute, but a chance to give back. All the money raised goes to the Make A Wish Foundation. Since the ride started back in 2007, the family has been able to donate nearly $12,000 to the charity.

"That was chosen by Deidre's dad Scott," Jeffrey said. "It's something he felt strongly about. He could no longer make his daughter's wishes come true so he was hoping he could help out others that are in need."

The Weigel's have been riders since the beginning.

"I've known them a few years," said Dorie Weigel. "I watched Deidre graduate high school."

Dorie said the memorial ride is a way to keep Deidre's name in the headlines, to remind people her case may be getting older, but it's never going to be forgotten.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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