Town forever changed with child's murder

Published 09/10 2013 06:10PM

Updated 09/10 2013 06:24PM

WATSON -- It's been an emotional three days for the entire community. WCIA-3's Jillian Deam shares how the town is forever changed.

For many living here, this small town will now never been the same.

"I always left my doors unlocked. Always, until now."

Barbara Stratton has lived here for more than 40-years. Now, she's holding her two granddaughters closer after 7-year old Willow Long went missing and was found murdered.

"It's terrible, just makes me sick. If that was my child, I just, I just sat down and cried when I found that out this morning."

So many in this area feel the same. Hundreds sprung into action and volunteered to help when Willow went missing.

"If it was my daughter, I'd want anybody and everybody to come out and help. I can't imagine what her mom is going through right now."

The search is over at the fire station, and it's quieter on Route 37, but many in town say Willow is still on their minds.

"They're all praying. That's all you can do is pray."

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