Vigil held for missing woman from Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Family and friends remembered the life of Priscilla Ann Rogers on Saturday with a vigil.

The medical examiner determined this week that bones found along River Road in Wilmington this December belonged to Rogers.

Her family reported her missing in August 2009, but no one had seen or heard from her since June.

Police investigators believe Rogers was murdered.

While there could have been many tears and heartache Saturday afternoon, there were more smiles and laughter because people who met Priscilla Rogers say she was a great friend and a joy to be around.

Candles now mark her final resting place, giving her family some sense of relief.

"We were happy just to have her. All these months she's been gone we've been thinking the worst, sometimes the best. It all turned out good, man. We got her," says Larry Rogers, Priscilla Rogers' brother.

Rogers was the youngest of five siblings. One of her sisters, Beverly, says she died at a good time in her life.

"I have never seen her that happy. She was just happy," says Beverly.

Those who knew Rogers best say she was always one to make people laugh -- a sound that rang through Saturday's vigil as a cross marking the spot near her final resting ground was put into the ground.

"We're going to go ahead and put her to rest and her memory will live on forever. This one will never lie down on you. You'll always here about Chuckie Cheese," says Larry.

Chuckie Cheese, an appropriate nickname for the girl who always put others first.

Her brother Larry now hopes this will serve as a warning for other women like Rogers, who lead what he calls a high-risk lifestyle.

"I think my sister died to show those other girls to be careful out there. Watch yourself, be careful, know who you are with," says Larry.

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