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Prayer Vigil for Julie Popovich

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Friends and family held a vigil Thursday evening (8/25) for missing Reynoldsburg woman Julie Popovich, NBC 4′s Erin Tate reported. Popovich, 20, was last seen leaving Ledo’s Lounge, located at 2608 N. High St., on Aug. 11.

The gathering was held at 9 p.m. at the center of the North Oval of The Ohio State University campus.

The brief vigil was meant to be an expression of hope, Tate reported.

Her closest friends organized the vigil over the past few days.

They said they are pleased with the national media attention the case has received.

“It’s a chance for everybody to get together and use each other for a support system. In a time like this, we need each other, and that’s certainly what it is. We’re celebrating Julie and everything she is to all of us tonight. So, this prayer is just a prayer for her safe return,” said Popovich friend, Tiffani Maynard.

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We’re praying for her safe return tonight,” Popovich’s friend Tiffani Maynard said. “And it helps all of us together. We’re not the only ones going through it.”

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August 31st, 2005 at 01:11am Posted by | Julie Popovich, Missing Adult, Vigil | no comments

Mayo search efforts expands with Texas Equusearch

From the Union Democrat, Tim Miller got a first hand look this weekend at the area in which Nita Mayo disappeared nearly three weeks ago. Tim Miller, the founder of Equusearch, said that he could bring in a lot of high tech equipment; however, the number one thing that is needed is people. I would ask the many people of this area to go out and volunteer your time to help find Mita Mayo.

The head of a Texas-based search and rescue organization got a first-hand look this weekend at the mountains near Donnell Vista where a Nevada woman disappeared three weeks ago.

Tim Miller, of Texas Equusearch, said he could bring in lots of high-tech equipment including infrared night-vision equipment and satellite imaging, but what he really needs are people.

“We especially want to get people to help us over … the Labor Day weekend when there should be lots of people in the mountains,” Miller said Saturday night.

Miller agreed to help find Nita Mayo, 64, of Hawthorne, Nev., who disappeared Aug. 8 when she drove from her home for a day trip over Sonora Pass and never returned. Mayo may have made it as far as Strawberry and purchased items at the Strawberry General Store.

Mayo’s children from Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota have been desperately seeking any information about their mother and got help from Miller and his group.

Texas Equusearch has been in Aruba trying to find Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager missing and presumed dead.

There is a vast amount of area that needs be searched. This will require a large amount of volunteer searchers. I would beg the people in the surrounding area to do one of the most selfless and most rewarding jobs you will ever do in your live and help search for a missing person. Please assemble more than what originally came to search for Nita Mayo.

Saturday, Miller met with 17 volunteer searchers and the Mayo children. He said he was disappointed at the small number of people who showed up for the search.

“We need more people and we are reaching out to the public to search mapped-out areas between Strawberry and Kennedy Meadows,” Miller said.

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August 31st, 2005 at 12:58am Posted by | Missing Adult | one comment