Vigil For Bambi Madden

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 12, 2007 at 12:43 AM EDT

More than 40 people gathered inside an area church to remember 34 year old Bambi Madden.

Many who didn't know Bambi or her family.

"We pray for people we don't know and I think maybe some of her family has attended this church and we're praying for Bambi this evening," says Phyllis Buchanan of Conklin.

According to her family, Madden left her apartment at 29 Winding Way in Binghamton one year ago, to go to a local convenience store.

She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

"They go to bed every night just wondering where she is and what happened to her," says Pastor Debra Wilson of Comfort Ministry.

Bambi's mother, Phyllis Burns, says the past year has been incredibly difficult, especially around the holidays.

And she says this prayer service is a way to keep Bambi's memory in the hearts of her family and the community.

"Hopefully, hopefully, someone's going to say wait, this has been going on long enough. This family needs to know what happened," says Bambi's mother Phyllis Burns.

One of Bambi's daughters lit a candle in her honor.

And people from the community sang songs and prayed for her safe return.

"It's just really painful and it's great to know that there are people behind us to support us," says Burns.

But that pain won't be gone until one question is answered.

What happened to Bambi.

If you have any information about Bambi Madden, where she might be, or what happened to her, you're are asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-866-304-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to a thousand dollars for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in her case.

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