Family of missing woman keeps hope for answers alive at vigil

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A family is still searching for answers more than four years after the disappearance of a Springfield woman.

The family of Amanda Ward Romine held a vigil Saturday night in downtown Springfield. Her case has been declared a homicide by investigators, and her body has never been found.

The family has held two vigils every year since her disappearance in July 2013 – around the anniversary of her disappearance and during the holiday season.

According to family members, Amanda Ward Romine was 30 years old at the time of her disappearance.

Her husband was named a person of interest in the case, but he died in December 2015.

Family members we spoke with said they keep hope alive they will someday get answers.

“Every holiday is hard,” said Aliya Taylor, Amanda’s sister. “It never gets any easier.”

Taylor said she believes she knows what happened to her sister. Nearly four and a half years after her disappearance, she said it’s about finding closure.

“I know she’s not alive,” Taylor said. “We know that. But we want the recovery of her body so she can be put to rest. This way we all have a place to go.”

For now, they go to the fountain in downtown Springfield twice a year – at the anniversary of her disappearance and during the holidays – hoping someone will come forward with clues.

“Somebody knows something,” said Karl Ward, Amanda’s father. “I don’t care if they get prosecuted…I want to know, and if I could just get a little bit of her back, then I would have something.”

Having each other, the family remains hopeful they’ll find answers.

“Family helps the most,” said Amber Hoelscher, Amanda’s niece. “Having family around you together.”

“This family is not giving up,” said Karla Coberly, Amanda’s sister. “We don’t care how long it takes. We need answers, we’ll get them, and we’ll keep pushing to get them.”

Her family members say it’s also about making sure her memory is kept alive.

“Missing people can be forgotten, and I don’t want her to be forgotten,” Taylor said. “I want people to know she’s still missing.”

Anyone with information about Amanda Ward Romine’s disappearance is urged to call the Springfield Police Department.

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