Vigil held for Caleigh Harrison in Gloucester
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A candlelight vigil was held for missing toddler Caleigh Harrison on Friday evening.
The pain was palpable. Caleigh Harrison’s cousins huddled together in tears, hundreds in her hometown of Gloucester found small comfort in hope.
“There’s no saying where she is but we do feel she’s alive and she’s out there,” said Alison Hammond, Caleigh’s mother.
The candlelight stretched from the Fisherman’s Memorial to the boats in the harbor -- where they released lanterns, fluttering in the sky like fireflies, and they talked about Caleigh.
“I want you to know her favorite color is purple, her favorite toy is Moo, she loves dancing school, goldfish, string cheese, she loves her sister Lizzie,” said Anthony Harrison, Caleigh’s father.
The nearly 3-year-old toddler has been missing for more than three weeks. She was last at long beach in Rockport with her mom, 4-year-old sister and dog.
In the minutes it took for her mother to retrieve a ball -- Caleigh was gone.
To her critics, Alison Hammond says she agrees.
“You’re absolutely right. I shouldn’t have gone to get the ball but I did now I’m paying price for it,” Hammond said.
While investigators believe Caleigh was swept out to sea, her 4-year-old sister has told family members it was a man who took Caleigh.
And it’s that hope she’s she out there everyone in Gloucester is holding on to.
“A piece of our lives missing right now she needs to know we’ll never, never stop looking for her,” Anthony Hammond said.