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Vigil held for Stephanie Low


Dozens gathered for a vigil to remember a Wausau woman, three years after she vanished from her apartment.    

Wausau Police said they believe Stephanie Low was murdered in her home. She disappeared in 2010.

Despite searches and rewards, she hasn't been found.

But her parents still have hope.

One balloon at a time, Stephanie Low's friends and family are doing what they can to find her.

"I have to stay strong, I have to find her, there's no other alternative for me," said Claudia Blake, Stephanie's mother.

The 22-year-old vanished three years ago.

Since then, investigators and Low's loved ones have searched for her.

"I just want to keep her name out there and her face so the public knows that she is missing," said Blake.

"I don't want this to go on forever," said George Low, Stephanie's father.

But Wausau Police said they now believe Stephanie Low was murdered.

"I, in my heart, am not there yet, to believe anything but a better outcome," said Blake.

"I already knew, in my heart, what happened to my daughter," said Low.

Wausau's Police Chief said Kristopher "Spider" Torgerson is a suspect in Low's death and disappearance. Torgerson has not been charged with any crimes connected to Low, but he has been sentenced to prison on unrelated charges.

Stephanie Low's parents said this vigil is about raising awareness, with hopes that they get the answers they need to bring their daughter home.

"The candles are a light of hope, the balloons give hope for the distance to let people aware," said Blake.

"That's all I'm worried about is finding her," said Low.

Her parents hope each balloon and candle will catch someone's attention, someone who can bring her home.

"Hopeful for answers, hopeful that things will change, that it's not true," said Blake.

"Finding her, that's the only way I'm going to get closure is if we find her," said Low.

That's the hope of everyone at the vigil, as another year passes.

Stephanie Low's father said he hopes hunters will keep a close eye on anything suspicious this season.

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