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Keeping hope alive for finding Stephanie Low


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Stephanie Low's family members prepared to let balloons loose into the sky on Monday night, hoping to breathe new life into Stephanie's case. It's one police said their investigators work on every day.

22-year-old Stephanie Low vanished on the evening of October 10th, 2010. Her family said she called them the night before they reported her missing -- scared for her life. Police have uncovered very little information in the search.

Stephanie's family members and friends filled hundreds of purple balloons, preparing them to take flight. Rolled up inside -- a small piece of paper. It's a message to who ever finds it: Stephanie may be missing, but she has not been forgotten.

"The stress is still there," said family spokesperson Christine Reimer. "It's still there. The worrying, the hoping, the praying, keeping yourself believing."

Family members said they've changed in the past year, Growing closer together in their goal. But they know they can't do it alone.

"It's a tragedy for our family but it's a tragedy for the whole community because she was a part of the community," said Reimer.

"Any time that you have a missing person and you suspect that there's foul play, most likely we will find out that there was a crime committed," said Wausau Police chief Jeff Hardel.

Wausau police leaders said  their detectives are still actively working the case. Police said officers have exhausted hundreds of leads -- interviewing more than 160 people during the past twelve months.

"That's what we do," said Hardel. "That's our job. Every one of us takes our job very seriously. The detectives are very dedicated."

Officials said now they've started re-interviewing some people, hoping time will help their investigation continue.

"Sometimes time will help people be more willing and have more of a desire to talk to us," said Hardel.

Family members said even though times have changed, their love for Stephanie and hope to find her will stay the same.

"We want people to be aware that Stephanie is missing," said Reimer. "I will always be loud when it comes to Stephanie."

Family members said they planned to release the balloons on Monday around 6PM at Oak Island Park in Wausau. There will also be a candlelight vigil around dusk.

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