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Vigil held for Pat O'Hagan

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Sheffield, Vermont - September 23, 2010

It was another somber night in Sheffield Thursday. Just before sundown nearly 200 people gathered outside town hall with candles. They came to honor Pat O'Hagan.

"Mom felt very, very safe here," said Matt O'Hagan, Pat O'Hagan's son, "She loved this town and she loved this community."

The crowded candlelight vigil proves that 78-year-old O'Hagan may be missing, but she's certainly not forgotten.

"I think it's for hope that something will be found. Hopefully she'll come back okay," said Tina Garand, who knew O'Hagan.

That hope burns bright. O'Hagan children say being surrounded by a community that loved their mother helps them press on everyday.

"Everybody's given us 150% effort. When you get that kind of support you feel good that it's going to come to a positive conclusion," her son Matt said.

"The community has been so strong for us," added Shawn O'Hagan, "So we're here to give back. They've been tremendous."

During the vigil O'Hagan's five children stood side by side, candle to candle with the close knit community that's helped them keep their faith alive.

"We have faith that she's going to come home," added her son Shawn, "We're going to find her one way or another."

"Everyday is getting longer it seems. It's that big unknown. But she is a woman of faith and she's hanging tough. So we're hanging tough," said her son Mark O'Hagan.

Her children say that they haven't given up hope that their mother will still come home.

"We know our mother. If she's able to get anywhere she would crawl home on her hands and knees," said Maureen O'Hagan, "So we're just keeping positive that she's fighting, wherever she is, to get back to us."

The O'Hagan family has created a reward fund and website to help find Pat O'Hagan. Contributions made to the site will be used as reward money in the event that someone has information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for O'Hagan's disappearance.

Jennifer Reading - WCAX News

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