Mother of missing teen: 'There's been a hole in our family'

Published: Apr. 7, 2016 at 1:38 AM CDT
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It's been six months since 14-year-old Mackenzie Marken went missing, and her friends and family aren't giving up hope.

"There's definitely been a hole in our family," Jennifer Doll said.

Her daughter went missing in October of 2015. Six months later, she's still searching for answers.

"It's been a long time of just not knowing. Everything you can imagine running through your head," she said.

Good News Baptist Church of Mosinee held the event Wednesday to raise awareness of the teen's case.

"We gotta do something about this," Pastor Joe Carlson said.

He credits the idea for the event entirely to Mackzenzie's friends.

"If they would have let this go," he said, referring to the girls' effort to spread the word, "we wouldn't be doing this tonight."

Those friends say they feel more like sisters.

"Mackenzie was really good person," her best friend, Fallon Brown said Wednesday ahead of the event. "She was fun, she always wanted an adventure..."

"What I miss most about her is her laugh," Regina Petrowski recalled.

"Yeah," Christina Hill agreed. "Her laugh is amazing."

It's a laugh her mother is confident she'll hear again.

"You have to hope for the best," she said. "Otherwise, what's left?"

Mackenzie turns 15 at the end of April. The pastor and her friends have a birthday party planned for her, one they hope she'll make it home in time for.

Detective-Sergeant Dan Goff with the Everest Metro Police Department said they have no new leads in the case, but ask the public to contact local law enforcement with any information.