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Hundreds Attend Support Vigil for Sandra Schinke Submitted: 04/14/2012
Story By Jenn Sullivan

ST. GERMAIN - Bowing their heads in prayer, family, friends, and local residents gathered in the St. Germain Community Center Saturday to honor Sandra and pray for her return.

Jim Schinke, Sandra's Husband, said "You can feel the love in the air. Everyone just wants to help."

Nearly two hundred people came out to comfort the Schinke family.
It was an emotional event as Sandra's brother, sister, and daughter shared stories and read inspirational messages of hope.

Joni McInte, Sandra's Daughter, said "So many people came together for the support and I'm thankful for that. And like I said I'm being strong for her because that's how she raised me to be."

While some attendees were close family and friends, others came simply to give support.

Pat Vanacker said "I feel so badly for her, for her family. And I just pray every day that we will get some leads so we know where she's at and comes home safe to us."

Sandra Schinke went missing April 5th. She was last seen walking along County Highway N near her home in Sayner.

Police said her cell phone, house keys, and wallet were at the Schinke's home but when her husband Jim returned from out of town, Sandra was no where to be found.

Vilas County Sheriff's Department Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich, who attended the vigil, said "These particular cases are extremely frustrating. One thing we do like to do is bring closure to the family."

For seven days, Search and Rescue teams scoured the area where she was last seen but when no leads turned up, authorities decided to end the ground search Thursday.

But Sheriff Tomlanovich said he continues to support the Schinke family during this difficult time.

"You share their pain, their experience. As I said before I've tried to put myself in Jim's place and I just can't fathom what he's going through," Tomlanovich.

The Schinke's will continue handing out flyers and searching for Sandra, but for now, all they can do is hope.

Jim Schinke said "I believe after all these prayers out of this building today. Something has to be answered."

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