Community members hold candlelight vigil for missing teen


By Matt Clevenger

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TROY — Members of the local community held a candlelight vigil for missing 14 year-old Ellie Carder on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Approximately 35 local residents gathered on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy during the vigil, which was organized through Facebook by a concerned local mother, who asked to remain anonymous.

“We don’t know what happened,” she said. “We just want her found.”

“I’m just a local mom, trying to draw attention to her case and keep it out there,” she said. “Just say a prayer for her and the first responders and people searching for her.”

Ellie Carder, 14, was reported missing on the morning of Friday, Feb. 2. She was last seen on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the area of East Staunton Road and Michigan Avenue, headed toward the Great Miami River a little after 6 p.m.

A backpack belonging to her was later discovered in the river near East Main Street (state Route 41), according to a press release from the Troy Police Department issued on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Troy Police have asked anyone with information about Carder’s whereabouts to call Detective Compton at 937-339-7525, ext. 1410. If her location is known at the time of the call, please call 911 or 937-440-9911 for the Miami County Communication Center.

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