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Family and friends hold vigil to remember missing woman

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Catherine Tornquist, missing since October 5, 2011. Catherine Tornquist, missing since October 5, 2011.

Community members gathered in Hot Springs Thursday night to remember Catherine Tornquist, 56, who disappeared one year ago this week.

Vigil organizers believe she was killed on October 4th, 2011 by her son.

But her friends and family say the candlelight vigil is a reminder that while they believe she's not alive, Catherine's still not home.

Her disappearance rocked the small community of Hot Springs.

"When you're in a town this size and someone goes missing and then you find out how it ended up, that it was a family member that did this, it hits the whole town hard", said Deborah Brock, who lives in Hot Springs.

Although she didn't know Catherine, Brock said she'd run into her around town.

"I'd see her say hi, a little chat here and there. I wish I was fortunate enough to know her better because now I don't have that opportunity," said Brock.

And one year later, with Catherine still missing, a small group of friends, family, and community members gather to keep her memory alive.

"She was a very kind and loving person," said Jacki Lockwood, Catherine's friend.

And they want to make sure the search for her continues.

"Say you're jogging and you have a weird feeling that maybe this was where she was. Tell them (the police), let them go look because they will. It's just so important for us to find her," said Lockwood.

Her family, friends, and community are anxious to find Catherine and bring her home.

"It's something that her friends, her family, her sister, her daughter, they really need that closure because they haven't had it, but I also think it's something the whole town needs," said Brock.

In July, Catherine's son, Matthew Tornquist, 26, was arraigned on murder charges.

Although he's charged with her murder, her body is still missing.

He also faces a grand theft charge in connection with the murder.

If convicted he could face the death penalty, or life in prison.

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