Communities hold vigils for missing Mint Hill teen

Communities hold vigils for missing Mint Hill teen

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 10:24 AM

MINT HILL, N.C. -- Family, friends, classmates and even complete strangers gathered at two separate candlelight vigils Tuesday night for Kayla Campbell.
 
Campbell, a 16-year-old junior at Independence High School, has been missing since Sunday afternoon. Her bicycle, helmet and cell phone were found Monday in a pond on Pumpkin Way Dr. in a neighborhood near her home.
 
Tuesday, classmates and others concerned by Kayla's disappearance met by that pond to light candles, pray and sing about the teenager's return.
 
"It's a shock for all of us at school. Word gets around pretty quick at a high school," said junior Chris Turpin. "You want to do something but you can't. You don't know what to do except for what we are doing here tonight."

About a quarter-mile from that vigil, another one was being held at Kayla's house. Her neighbors, speaking on behalf of the family, said everyone is grateful for the community help during the searches.

"We can't get over the amount of people who come up and say 'I saw it on the news, how can I help,'" said neighbor Cindy Santink. "We are just not going to give up. We are going to make it through this and we are going to find her. We believe in the strength and power of prayer."
 
Mint Hill Police announced that after two full days of searching for Kayla, no new ground searches were planned. The Campbell family, along with volunteers, plan to start knocking on doors and passing out flyers again Wednesday morning.
 
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is also looking into Kayla's disappearance. Agents are tracking her electronic footprint for clues.
 
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Kayla Tuesday.

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