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Families of Missing Children, Adults in Bedford Co. Gather for "Christmas Wish Vigil"

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SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Families of missing children and adults in Bedford County gathered earlier today for what they are calling their "Christmas Wish Vigil".

Those with missing loved ones are hoping that you can help make their Christmas wish come true this year by turning in any information to law enforcement.

Families from Bedford and Coffee Counties gathered to light candles to spark tips from the public on their missing loved ones disappearances. Candles symbolized hope that they can get leads in.

Mary Lamb said, "That might be a missing part of the puzzle if you just come forward."

In September 2012, Lamb's brother and sister-in-law died when their house caught on fire. Lamb's great-niece and nephew Chloie Leverette, 9, and Gage Daniels, 7, were staying at the home with their grandparents. No trace of the children was found after the blaze.

Lamb explained, "When their remains were not found, we began to have hope that someday we will find Chloie and Gage."

Antonio Taylor's family is still holding onto hope. Taylor went missing when he was 21-years-old on his way to a job interview, 14-years ago.

Taylor's grandmother, Lillie Buchanan said,  " He is still our loved one. We want closure, we want closure. We would just like to have peace. "

Kristy Smelcer and her family found some peace. Her brother Bobby Smelcer went missing from his home in 2010. The 52-year-old's skull was discovered in the Duck River last year.

Kristy Smelcer said, " We were very happy to have something from him. We didn't want it to end that way of course. We do want to locate the rest of him. We want to find out what happened."

Smelcer provides support for many of the families now, along with Jesse Julian. After seven years, Julian continues to volunteer for the search and rescue unit. Fox 17 did an one year anniversary story for Chloie and Gage. Julian says it brought solid leads in.

Jesse Julian explained, "Everytime Fox 17 has been down it does help us. The smallest stuff may lead into something big. "

Anyone with any information is asked to contact TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463) or Crime stoppers at 931-685-4300.


More missing people were featured during the vigil. For a complete list visit: http://www.missingin.org/tennessee/bedford_county.htm 

http://www.missingin.org/tennessee/coffee_county.htm

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