It's been ten years, but Carol Ryan still remembers how she felt when her 14-year-old daughter disappeared from their Southwest Michigan home.
"Horrible. As a parent, you think you know what's going on in your home so when something like that happens, you're blindsided," said Ryan.
Her daughter was eventually recovered alive, but 2,000 miles away with a 56-year-old convicted murdered. Ryan knows she was one of the lucky ones and that's what she shared at the 25th Michigan Crime Victims Vigil to those who had lost friends and family to crime.
"As a parent myself, I know how important it is to give recognition to that pain and that absence in their life," she said.
"This is really a tribute to families and it's a statement about law enforcement," said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who co-hosted the event.
As much as the vigil served as a memorial to victims, Schuette says it's also a way to remember the fight against crime isn't over.
"It's a continual reminder of the importance of our commitment to law enforcement, tough laws and making sure we send a message to the law breakers," he said. "When you break the law, you're going to be behind bars for a long time."