MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) It’s been 24 years since Heather Teague disappeared from Newburgh Beach in Henderson County.
Family and friends met in Madisonville to remember her on the 24th anniversary of her disappearance.
“August 26th is a day that forever changed our lives,” said Sarah Teague, Heather’s mother.
On this day, family and friends met at Victory Church to remember Heather, who disappeared on this day in 1995.
“When you hear the other stories, you don’t get the full picture,” says Maria Schick, who was at this afternoon’s vigil. She didn’t know heather personally, but has learned about her through Sarah. Schick believes this day is more significant since hearing what happened.
“It brings to light things that happened that shouldn’t happen, and things that are being ignored and not being addressed so that a future generation doesn’t have to go through what Heather and people in her situation have gone through,” she says.
Heather disappeared while on Newburgh Beach, but her body was never found. Since then, Sarah has taken the Kentucky State Police to court over records related to her daughter’s disappearance.
“You just find that hope because you know that our Heavenly Father can do the impossible,” Sarah said, during today’s memorial.
Teague will be back in court in Frankfort on September 12th, where she says a judge will hear her request for her and her lawyer to question an eyewitness over heather’s disappearance.
“It’s letting the public know that there’s a call that was more than likely fabricated in 2008 and the exact wording that he used to describe a man that led to his death in not in his call that we heard with an actual dispatcher,” Sarah says.
Sarah says she can’t change the past, but believes her daughter’s story can shape the future.
“I know that I was chosen, she was chosen, and our story’s going to make a huge impact on people’s lives,” Sarah says.
(This story was originally published on August 26, 2019)