16 Years Later; Vigil for Trudy Appleby

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A vigil was held Tuesday night for Trudy Appleby on the 15th anniversary of her disappearance.  They say remain wishful and hopeful even after 16 years.

The family says one thing that keeps their hope alive is the continued interest in the case.

Recently police searched along the Rock River after a tip. They say search has given them new leads to track down and to her family that means Trudy could still be alive.

“We still generated leads that she could still be out there,” Sgt Brian Johnson with the Moline Police says.  “We follow them up and it just hasn’t turned out that any of them have led us to Trudy, but it does give the family some sort of hope that we didn’t find anything.”

The family considered not having the vigil this year but Trudy’s grandmother says nothing can stop her from remaining strong.

Grandmother Ann Eddleman says, “We are going to keep it up, if I am not here and I am gone, our kids will keep it going."