Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The family of Bambi Madden has spent the past seven holidays with one empty chair.
Family and friends gathered Friday night for a candle light vigil at the last place she was seen: the One Stop gas station on Front Street.
They gathered for support and to remember Madden. They begged for answers, and for local authorities to continue their investigation.
The group sang and prayed, as a local pastor read prayers and poetry aloud.
Family members say this year was harder than most.
"Especially this Christmas was really rough on everybody," said Madden's sister, Amanda Bar,. "It just wasn't the same without her walking in and lighting up your day."
Madden's mother agreed.
"It's harder over holidays, her birthday, the summer because we'd be out doing things as a family," said Madden's mother, Phyllis Burns. "We'd go camping and whatnot and you have that missing seat, empty at that table, it's empty ..."
The family said they find comfort in these annual vigils, although the passage of time signals another year without answers.
"It’s a good feeling to know most of them come back year after year and it’s a good feeling to know that they care," said Burns.
Madden disappeared from the One Stop gas station in 2006.
The family has created a Facebook page to gather information and to share Bambi's story.