Candlelight Vigil Held For Missing Weatherford Teen

Sunday, October 28th 2012, 11:25 pm
By: News 9

A community came together Sunday night to support one of their own families. The Wilson's have been looking for their 16-year-old daughter, JaRay, for two weeks.

They haven't seen or heard from her since October 14, but they said they are not ready to give up hope.

More than 250 friends, family members and even people who did not know JaRay showed up Sunday night to Rader Park in Weatherford for a candlelight vigil.

Folks took turns offering prayer, song and words of encouragement for JaRay and her family. Her parents said they have not slept much during the past two weeks and it meant a lot to see so much compassion from the small community.

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The Custer County Sheriff's Office said it was continuing its investigation into JaRay Wilson's disappearance.

On Saturday investigators questioned 37-year-old Gilberto Paz about Wilson's disappearance. He told police he had not recently seen the teenager, however, deputies arrested him Saturday night on a concealed weapons charge.

Authorities believe JaRay may have been sold into a sex trafficking ring and that stuck with several of the young women who attended Sunday night's vigil.

JaRay's parents, Jara and Rodney, said they have been traveling hundreds of miles over the past two weeks putting up posters of their missing daughter in hopes that someone, somewhere spots her and helps her return home safely.

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"I hope no parent ever has to deal with what we're going through, what we're dealing with. You just have to go on, you know, it's just, you have your moments. But you just have to keep on going for her. We have to find her and that's the most important thing and it don't matter if you don't sleep for a month."

Anyone with information on JaRay's whereabouts should immediately contact the Custer County Sheriff or their local law enforcement agency.

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