Community holds vigil for missing Knott County woman

Published: Jun. 16, 2016 at 12:19 AM EDT
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Family and friends of a missing Knott County woman gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil in her honor.

Natasha Fugate Jones was last seen at her home in the Fisty community in May 2015

She's been

for more than one year, leaving her children and others close to her searching for answers.

Despite several searches and offers for rewards, there are no breaks in the case.

"It's heartbreaking to know that someone knows and they're keeping it inside," said Kay Fugate, Natasha's mother. "I want to know why. Do you have a conscience?"

Those are questions she hopes are met with answers after dozens of folks filled the Clear Creek Evangelical Free Church in Fisty for the vigil.

"This family tonight has suffered long enough," said pastor Darcy Owens, who went to grade school with Jones.

"We want to encourage them to the best of our ability," owens said. "Let them know the community is standing beside them and behind them. That we're not giving up hope."

Participants at the vigil lit candles and carried the flames to the end of the road and back.

The wind made it difficult to keep the candles burning, perhaps a symbol of how difficult it is to keep alive hope that Natasha will come home.

"If you've got somebody you love that dies you can mourn and you can go to their grave," Jones' grandmother, Ola Chaffins, said. "But all you can do is worry about where she's at. There's no end to it."

The vigil ended with prayer and hands joined together as a sign of unity behind one purpose: doing whatever they can to make sure the search for Natasha Fugate Jones never dims.

Anyone with information on Jones' whereabouts can call the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard at 606-435-6069. You can remain anonymous.