Family, friends hold candlelit vigil for Etna woman who was last heard from a year ago

Family, friends hold candlelit vigil for Etna woman who was last heard from a year ago

ETNA, Pa. — Days have turned into weeks, and weeks turned into one year.

Sunday marked one year since anyone has heard from Kaylene Oehling, who was 20 years old when she disappeared.

Friends and family of Oehling gathered at the Etna baseball field.

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As music played in the background, they lit candles, held flowers and swapped stories about her.

Oehling’s sisters have never given up hope that eventually there will be word of their sister, who seemingly vanished without a trace.

“I still call her number in case, maybe, one day it’ll come back on,” said Hailey Oehling. “This is the first time I’ve been without her for more than a day. So it’s very difficult. It’s just hard to lose someone suddenly and not know what happened.”

According to police, Kaylene Oehling was last seen Jan. 9, 2020. Her family said she left to meet a friend but never came back.

The next day she texted her mother to say she’d see her later to babysit. That was the last anyone heard from her.

The names have not been released.

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