SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN)- Another set of balloons were released at another vigil for Amanda Ward-Romine. The then 30-year-old went missing in July of 2013.
Since then, her family has held two vigils every year. One is held around the holidays while the other is held around the time Ward-Romine went missing.
“It’s the same feeling. The same thing over and over, every time we come,” said Aliya Taylor, Ward-Romine’s sister:
Taylor said she doesn’t understand why no one will come forward after all this time. “I’m at the point where I don’t care what happened to her. I just want to put her to rest. I just want to have a place to go, a place my kids can go,” Taylor said.
Investigators have ruled Ward-Romine’s disappearance a homicide. After five years of vigils, the location of her remains are still a mystery.
“We already know she’s not alive. It’s just a proper burial, no questions asked we just want her home,” Karla Ward, Ward-Romine’s sister said.
Since 2013, there have been dozens of search parties and leads followed. Nothing has concluded with the discovery of Ward-Romine’s remains.
“Every day is a new day for hope. Every day we lay down with the same let down as we had the day before,” Ward said.
Ward-Romine’s husband Daniel Romine was a person of interest in the case. Police searched his Springfield home for clues in January 2015. Later that year in December 2015, Romine was found dead in his home. Police said he was never cooperative in their investigation.
“I want everyone to know that we’re not giving up. This family will not stop,” Ward said.
Ward said her sister’s fighting spirit is what continues to push them. She said if the tables were turned, Ward-Romine would be out pursuing justice for her family too.
If you have any information about what happened to Amanda, call the Springfield Police Department at 937-324-7680. You can also submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.