Family members and friends of missing woman Ashley Morin are planning a vigil Friday evening at North Battleford Library park.
They hope to continue to raise awareness about Morin who was last seen in North Battleford on July 10, 2018. Supporters hope to keep Morin's name and information out there so they know she is not forgotten.
Family friend Krista Fox invited the public to attend.
"We're hoping more than anything for Friday to be a show of support, to let the family know this community does support them, and that we're here in any capacity they may need us," she said.
The vigil for Morin will start with an opening prayer and participants will then light candles. Drummers from a volunteer group from Saskatoon are scheduled to take part. Fox said group members have been supportive and helped with searches.
Organizers expect several speakers including representatives from Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and the RCMP.
Coffee and hot chocolate will be served at the event to keep attendees warm.
Fox reminded people to dress warmly when they come to the vigil. She added while it is cold in North Battleford these days, that's another reminder of the need for Morin to return.
"I think of it this way — our Ash is out there, somewhere, by herself," she said. "So how can we say it's too cold?"
The family continues to struggle with the mystery of Morin's whereabouts and say Christmas was particularly painful for them.
"You start the New Year hoping you'll be able to do something, and days come and go and still nothing," Fox said.
She added for the family it continues to get worse as each day passes, so they need everyone’s heartfelt compassion.
"It's a very tough time,” Fox added. “Whether it's sisters, brothers, cousins, or good friends, everybody is beside themselves.
"Every day is another day that she is not here."
The RCMP previously reported the 31-year-old woman had been missing since mid-July. Her disappearance was considered suspicious, and the RCMP's Major Crime Unit North is working on the investigation.
If anyone has any information regarding Ashley Morin's whereabouts they are asked to contact the Battlefords RCMP or CrimeStoppers.
The vigil will start at 7 p.m.
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