Family and Friends of Stephanie Low Mark the 3rd Anniversary of Her Disappearance

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Thursday marks the third anniversary of the disappearance of Stephanie Low. She went missing from her Wausau apartment in the early morning hours of October 10th, 2010. On Wednesday, Wausau police publicly said for the first time they believe Low was murdered. On Thursday her parents spoke out for the first time since the announcement, as they marked Low's disappearance at a candlelight vigil.

The tone at the vigil was a somber one, especially after that announcement. For the last three years since her disappearance Low's family and friends have met at Oak Island Park in Wausau to pray for answers and her safe return. But with the possibility of a safe return quickly fading, NewsChannel 7 spoke with Low's parents about how they're feeling and if they still hold on to hope.

"I don't want to think about it," Low's mom, Claudia Blake, tells NewsChannel 7. "I don't want to believe it. Maybe I'm in denial. I don't know. All I know is that I'm not ready to accept what they say. "

"I'm a realist. I knew the day was coming. I just can't believe it took them 3 years to actually say it you know? Should have been said right out the door," Low's dad, George Low, says.

Despite Wednesday's announcement, the Wausau Police Department reiterates this case is still actively being investigated. Kristopher Torgerson, also known as "Spider," remains a person of interest in the case. He's currently serving a prison term on unrelated drug charges.

Blake tells NewsChannel 7 she stands by the Wausau Police Department and their investigation saying she know they are doing what's best for Stephanie.

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