Hundreds marched in Dublin Wednesday night in remembrance of a13-year-old girl who was abducted after leaving school in Dublin 24 years ago.
Ilene Misheloff vanished on Jan. 30, 1989, after being excused early from a physical education class at Wells Middle School. She was last seen at the intersection of San Ramon Road and Amador Valley Blvd.
On Wednesday night her parents Mike and Maddi Misheloff and twin brother Brian Misheloff led a walk along that same route their daughter was last seen 24 years ago. About 200 people carried sign and the weight of a family on their shoulders.
"We have a daughter just a few years older than Ilene. I can't imagine what she's going through. I don't want to really," said Misheloff family friend Jan Barnes.
The walk helps keep hope and Ilene's case alive, said the Misheloffs, who cited the discovery of Jaycee Dugard last year after she was kidnapped 18 years before as a reason to keep positive.
“Because we have no evidence that she's not alive and we just can't give up on our child. It's just not an option," said Maddi Misheloff.
The annual march and vigil, which the Misheloffs have been organizing for the past 24 years, usually draws more than 100 attendees, from friends and relatives to strangers, according to the family.
The 2-mile march started at 7 p.m. at Wells Middle School and marked the path Ilene took the day she was abducted, Mike Misheloff said.
The march ended with an ecumenical service shortly after 8 p.m. at St. Raymond Catholic Church at 11155 Shannon Ave.
Misheloff said the family was still hopeful that someone will come forward with information about Ilene's disappearance.
"Nobody can really understand what a family goes through under these circumstances unless they've done it," said Mike Misheloff.
Ilene had brown hair and eyes, and was 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 115 pounds when she vanished. She was wearing a charcoal-gray pullover polo sweater, a horizontally striped pink-and-charcoal gray skirt, and black, low-top Keds sneakers, and was carrying a dark blue backpack, according to her family.
Pictures of Ilene as a 13-year-old and as she might have looked at 25 can be found at www.find-ilene.org. A reward of $95,000 is posted on the website.
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