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Candlelight vigil to be held for missing man

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Family members of Bobby Smelcer, who has been missing since late November, are planning a candlelight vigil on the lawn of Bedford County Courthouse later this month.

The event, termed a "Candlelight Vigil of Hope," will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.

"Our family has organized this mass gathering to serve several purposes -- to honor Bobby Smelcer and to give thanks for all the outpouring of love, support and prayers that we have received in our quest to find our loved one," Karen Harris, Smelcer's sister, said.

Candles will be available but the public is encouraged to bring their own, Harris said.

Smelcer, 52, was last in contact with family members on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. All personal possessions were left behind in his East Lane Street home, Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime scene investigators told police they found only a few blood spots in the home., which they said could have been there for some time, and no signs of a struggle.

"This candlelight vigil will fan the flame of hope burning in our hearts," Harris said. "Bobby is missing from our lives. All we can do is hope and pray that he will return to us.

Anyone with information about Smelcer is asked to call Shelbyville police at 684-5811.