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Candlelight Vigil Held For Missing Joplin Woman

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

A community comes together to support the family of a woman missing for nearly two months.
    A candlelight vigil was held at Joplin's Mercy Park to show support for the family of Sarah Burton.
Sarah Burton was reported missing to the Joplin Police Department on July 20th, the last time her family had seen her, was July 16th...
Capt. Trevor Duncan, Joplin Police Department: "There's a lot of possibilities out there that we haven't really been able to eliminate, we don't really want to speculate at this time, we are taking any information that's given to us, following up on it, we have been in communication with the family daily, if not multiple times a day."
The investigation is continuing, and Captain Trevor Duncan tells us they've put her photo and information out nationally, in the hopes someone will recognize her.
The community, holding a candlelight vigil at Mercy Park, surrounding the family with prayer...
Amanda Midyett, Sarah's sister: "We're just overwhelmed with the support and the prayer that everyone has mentioned to us and how they're praying and how they have friends praying and it's just been a chain reaction of support and we're so blessed for that."
Her sister, Amanda, was surprised at the more than 100 people, some, the family has never seen before, that rallied behind them.
Her father, Ronald Burton, trying to describe his daughter...
Ronald Burton, Sarah's father: "She was just, a very sincere person, and...just...I don't know, there was a glow about her...it's kinda hard to describe..."
But, there's another side to this story.
Duncan: "Ultimately we feel like there's a lot of people out there that have more information, or that we can't find, or that haven't come forward that can help us."
Police and her family still holding out hope, she can be found alive, her father, with a message to whomever knows what happened to Sarah...pleading with them to come forward.
Burton: "If you're not going to do it for any other reason, do it, so you can live with yourself, but I'd pray that you'd do it for us."

    Police are continuing to ask for the public's support, officials say they're willing to look past certain situations, like outstanding warrants, for anyone to come forward with information.
    And of course you can provide tips anonymously as well to the Joplin Police Department.

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