- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - For the past three years, friends and family of a Wausau woman who went missing in 2010 gathered for a balloon launch while investigators searched for her body and answers.

But this year was different. A Wisconsin prison inmate was charged last month with killing 22-year-old Stephanie Low and burying her in the woods nearly four years ago.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel announced Sept. 22 that Low’s body had been found in the Wabeno area, about an hour and a half northeast of Wausau.

“Our search for answers may be over,” said Low’s mother, Claudia Blake. “But our search for justice is just beginning.”

About 75 people still held the launch and candlelight vigil Friday, Daily Herald Media reported (https://wdhne.ws/1yZFSSJ).

“I think her story needs to be told,” said Christine Riemer, the partner of Low’s father George Low. “I want to use the experience that came out of this to help others. People need to understand that this can happen to anybody, anywhere, at any time.”

Authorities believe 34-year-old Kristopher Torgerson went to Low’s apartment to get cocaine on October 10, 2010, and that Low fought him and Torgerson killed her. Torgerson is serving a five-year prison term for methamphetamine and battery charges.

The most important lesson the family learned through the past four years, Riemer said, was to “never give up. And we didn’t. And never forget.”


Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, https://www.wausaudailyherald.com

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