Vigil planned to ‘light way home’ for missing girl

A candlelight vigil is planned at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Radcliff to draw additional attention to the search for Rosalyn Velazquez, who has been missing since Aug. 24.

Plans are in place for a candlelight vigil in Radcliff that organizers would love to cancel.

The event Wednesday is a public display of support, concern and affection for Rosalyn Velazquez and her family. The 15-year-old Radcliff girl has been missing since the early morning hours of Aug. 24.

Police and family have had no word on the teenager’s whereabouts.

Amanda Heuke, who met Rosalyn’s mother shortly after the disappearance, is an organizer of the vigil. She said the candles are a symbolic means to “light her way home.”

Planned as a one-hour ceremony to include prayers and pleas for Rosalyn’s safe return, Heuke said she thinks the public demonstration is a needed boost for the girl’s mother Sabrina Boozel, who returned to work this week for this first time since her daughter’s disappearance.

“We’re trying to keep hope alive,” Heuke said. “She keeps trying to keep that in her mind.”

As many as 200 candles will be lit during the outdoor event, which will be conducted in the parking lot of St. Stephen Church, 757 S. Wood­land Drive in Rad­cliff.

The Radcliff Police De­part­ment is continuing to follow all leads but Capt. Willie Wells said no progress has been made. RPD has issued alerts through police channels and social media.

Anyone with information is asked to call RPD at 270-351-4470 and reference case number 2020-15074. Wells said anonymous tips are welcomed.

“I’d love to be able to give this momma some good news,” Wells said in an interview Thursday.

A Facebook page called Bring Rosalyn Home has been established to provide information about the case.

Police and community members have searched areas near Azalea Park Apartments near North Hardin High School where the family lives. Un­successful searches also were conducted near Buffalo in LaRue County after Rosalyn’s cellphone pinged in that area.

Boozel said her daughter, the youngest of her two children, suffers from anxiety and would not have left with a stranger. She said it is contrary to the girls’ nature.

The community is invited to participate in the vigil. Masks and social distance standards will be observed.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or

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