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Hundreds gather in Boonville during vigil for missing Tri-State women

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BOONVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Wednesday was an emotional, but inspiring night for families and friends of three missing Tri-State women.

Hundreds of people gathered in Boonville to light candles and pray for their safe return.

Law enforcement and volunteers continue to search, but there's no sign of Kristy Kelley, Joelle Lockwood, or Megan Nichols.

14 News talked with people who knew all three women, and they are all saying the same thing.

They say it's tough without their loved ones around, but say it was encouraging to get so much support and love from the community and from each other.

All of the families say they appreciate all of the hard work that both law enforcement and volunteers are putting into finding these women.

They're also thankful for local non-profit Tri-State Awareness who organized a vigil Wednesday night.

When it comes to staying positive, family and friends of the three women say there's two things helping them: faith and support.

"It's a blessing," said Megan's mom, Kathy Jo Hutchcraft. "I believe God is at work. I believe that he is reaching a lot of people through this situation, and it's just amazing how I have seen prayers answered through this situation, which gives me peace to know that he is in control."

"It's really great, and I think that these girls belong to the community, and everyone needs to be responsible for bringing them home," said Joelle's friend, Amanda Crowe.

"The family are very moved and overwhelmed by that, in a way of saying, 'Oh my goodness, thank you for doing this for our daughter,'" said Kristy's friend, Randy Beard.

All of the families have different ways they are trying to find their loved ones.

Some are selling T-shirts, some have reward money available, and others have planned searches.

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