DENVER (CBS4) – Friends and family of a Denver woman who went missing a year ago gathered over the weekend with hopes for a break in the case.
Epiphany Lutheran Church, the church 38-year-old Amy Ahonen attended, held a vigil for her friends and relatives on Sunday night. Her parents, three sisters and brother came in from Michigan hoping someone knows something to help end the mystery.
Ahonen was last seen July 8, 2011, by her Denver roommate. It’s thought Ahonen, a single woman, was going to go hiking in in Clear Creek Canyon west of Golden. Her Jeep was found by Highway 6 after everyone realized she was missing, but it was unlocked with her keys, wallet and purse inside.
Search crews looked for Ahonen on nearby hiking trails and in Clear Creek but there was no sign of Amy.
“That makes me suspect there was some kind of foul play or somebody picked her up or she went somewhere possibly having trouble with her car or something,” older sister Annette Ahonen said.
It has been a difficult year for the Ahonen family. Ahonen’s sister told CBS4 the disappearance has taken a toll on her parents and their health.
“We don’t know what happened, if she’s dead if she’s alive, if she’s in Mexico,” Annette said. “No tip is too small, anything, even if you think it might be, but you’re not sure, just call.”
The Ahonens expressed frustration with the investigation Sunday. Denver police said there’s nothing new in the case that they can release.
“If something happened to her, if she’s no longer alive, we’d want closure, it’s very difficult to not know, but the fact that she’s been missing is difficult as well.
The family has set up a Facebook page to generate leads. It’s Facebook.com/helpfindamy.