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10 years later: Tifton family holds vigil to remember missing teen

Brandi Cole, 17 years old, missing flyer. She's been missing for a decade. (Source: WALB) Brandi Cole, 17 years old, missing flyer. She's been missing for a decade. (Source: WALB)
Shellie Auchtung, Brandi Cole's mother (Source: WALB) Shellie Auchtung, Brandi Cole's mother (Source: WALB)
Jason White, Cole's step-father (Source: WALB) Jason White, Cole's step-father (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Ten years after the disappearance of Brandi Cole, 17, her family and Tifton community members gathered on Friday evening to remember her. 

"It means one thing, to find her," Jason White, Cole's stepfather, said, "And maybe that one person out there it keeps getting on your conscience."

White urges someone with any information to do "what's right."

Even though the family held this solemn remembrance, family members said they haven't stopped searching for Cole.

They said all they know is Cole was last seen at Puckett Park in 2007.

"She meant the world. She's a human. She had a good heart," White said.

Her family said they don't believe she ran away because she had a 2-year-old daughter at the time of her disappearance. Her daughter is now 12-years-old and was not at the vigil to keep her identity safe. 

Before Cole went missing, her mother, Shellie Auchtung, said she noticed a change in her behavior. 

Auchtung said Cole began dating an older man and battling a drug addiction. 

Cole was checked into a treatment center on three separate occasions, but family members said it didn't help. 

"The last time I seen my baby alive was on my street on my birthday the 5th [of July 2007]," Auchtung said. 

The family is still looking for closure, but her mother is convinced Cole has died.

"I don't want no names or anything, I just want a location," Auchtung said.

She is hopeful to find her daughter so she does not have to release balloons, but rather place bury her and "place a flower on her grave."

Balloons were released at 7:15 and the candlelight vigil began at 8:30 on Friday, 10 years after Cole was reported missing.

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