On Wednesday, Sept. 15, community members in the area of Evansville, Indiana, held a lantern lighting event for missing woman Dawnita Wilkerson.
Family, friends and those in the community came together by the Evansville riverfront at the Four Freedoms Monument to release the lanterns over the Ohio River.
"We just want to keep her name out there, let everyone know she has not been found," said Nora Martin, Dawnita Wilkerson's aunt.
Back in September of 2020, the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners established a proclamation naming Sept. 15 as "Find Dawnita Day."
Authorities say Dawnita was last seen on June 21, 2020, at 8:16 p.m. at a motel on the east side of Evansville.
It's been over a year since she was last seen, and although it is hard for her family, they continue to spread awareness regarding her case.
"The days get easier but that doesn't mean we're still not hurting and we're still not missing her," said Martin. "It would just change our lives for her to be back home because it changed our lives when she went missing."