Saturday marks 5 year anniversary of Nevaeh Buchanan's disappearance

(WXYZ) - Saturday marks 5 years since Nevaeh Buchanan was abducted while playing outside her Monroe apartment.

There were massive searches for the 5-year-old, but less than two weeks later fishermen found her body in a shallow grave and under concrete along the River Raisin.

Her grandmother Sherry says the pain hasn't diminished.

"I hurt inside. I just don't want anybody to know. I just wish I didn't have to go through this," she says.

Investigators say they have received several tips over the years, but they still need a break in the case.
They say Nevaeh's murder is still an open investigation.

To honor Nevaeh's memory on Saturday, the community group called "Justice for Nevaeh" is inviting the public to gather at St. Mary's Park in Monroe at 5 p.m.

There will be a vigil and balloon release. They say it's to show the world that Nevaeh hasn't been forgotten.

Sherry Buchanan says she's grateful for the community support. She says she will hold on to hope that her granddaughter's killer will be caught.

"Whoever did this, I hope and pray they don't sleep at night because I don't. She deserves justice," she says.

There is a reward of more than $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

If you can help, please call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

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