The family of Crystal Morrison Prentice will gather at the church where she was baptized and once was the first female altar server for a 24-hour prayer vigil, hoping the prayers result in clues to her disappearance.
On Aug. 23, 2012, Prentice, 31, left her job at Connextions Recruiting in Concord, N.C., complaining of not feeling well. She has not been seen since, and Concord police are still investigating her disappearance.
“We would like some solid leads,” said Alan Overcash, deputy chief of the Concord Police Department.
“We want to make sure she is remembered as a real person not a statistic,” said her sister, Mechelle Carey, on Thursday.
A prayer vigil begins at noon Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church on Bird Street in Rock Hill.
The vigil opens with a Mass dedication for Prentice.
The vigil concludes at noon Saturday in front of the church with a special dedication and final prayer.
Carey and Prentice were raised in Rock Hill and attended St. Anne Catholic School. Prentice played basketball at Rock Hill High School.
Their lives were changed when their mother died of cancer. Carey was 14 and Prentice was 9 at the time. They were raised by their father, Rick Morrison.
Their mother’s death makes Prentice’s disappearance more difficult, Carey said. When she disappeared, Prentice’s son, Kyson Lee Prentice, had just started third grade.
Carey said the family has sought stability since Prentice’s disappearance. She said it has been hard on Prentice’s son.
Because of their mother’s death, Carey said, “We know how much a mom is needed.”
Since Prentice’s disappearance, police have conducted ground searches, a cash reward has been offered for information and there have been roadside pleas from the family for information.
“Having our community come to join us in prayer means the world to my family as we have great faith we will find my daughter,” Rick Morrison said. “As we approach not having her an entire year now, we need support to continue this journey.”
The vigil is sponsored by CUE Center for Missing Persons.
“We will continue to support the family and assist in search efforts with law officials for Crystal Morrison, our organization does not give up, we are here for the long haul,” said CUE founder Monica Caison in a news release.
Don Worthington 803-329-4066