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Family Remembers Khighla Parks

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- The family of Khighla Parks, the 15-year-old girl who was found dead in Truman Lake, describes the past few days as empty.<br mce_bogus="1">
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- The family of Khighla Parks, the 15-year-old girl who was found dead in Truman Lake, describes the past few days as empty.

As they mourn the loss of their loved one, they continue to celebrate her life.

"Everyday was special. She was an avid horse-lover," said Bonnie Adams, Khighla's grandmother.

Adams says Khighla spent most of her time with friends at a gazebo in a cemetery near her home.

"That was a spot she liked to visit. They called it God's spot," said Adams.

But one night Khighla didn't come home.

Her grandmother reported her missing after 24 hours, with no word from Khighla.

Flyers were printed and posted in the community as the family pleaded for answers.

Ten days later boaters found her body weighted down in Truman Lake.

"Anyone can report a child missing as soon as they go missing," said Janis McCall, Co-Founder of One Missing Link.

One Missing Link is a non-profit organization that works with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She says an Amber Alert was not sent out after Khighla disappeared because her case didn't meet the requirements of an alert, but says her family did the right thing after they realized she was missing.

"They can report them then minutes after if they realize their child is missing," said McCall.

McCall's daughter Stacy disappeared 20 years ago as one of the three missing women. Since then, McCall has been an advocate--a voice for children like Khighla.

"Some people are trusting until the last minute, then they change. So we need to talk about missing persons we need to prevent this from happening in the future," said McCall.


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