Statue Stands As Reminder Article – May 31, 2000

26 May

Here is a newspaper article I’ve typed out for easy reading.

Once we manage to get one of our scanners working, we will attach images of the articles to their respective posts.

Revelstoke Times Review – Wednesday, May 31, 2000 – Vol. 87, No. 22

Statue stands as a reminder to us all

By Angela Dingsdale, Times Review Editor

About 400 people arrived in Woodenhead Park last Thursday night for the candlelight vigil to show their support for the Wolgram family and to see the unveiling of the Angel of Hope statue.

The event took place at 8 p.m. May 25 in connection with National Missing Children’s Day.

Earlier in the day, the statue had been unveiled for the media. The media conference held by the Calgary-based Missing Children Society of Canada also centred around the fact that a $20,000 reward fund for information leading to the whereabouts of Brianne Wolgram and/or for information that will identify one or all of the three young women last seen with Brianne.

On September 5, 1998, 19-year-old Brianne disappeared from Revelstoke. Five days later, her abandoned car was found 30 kilometres south of Revelstoke up Echo Lake Road. A search of the area has turned up no clues as to the whereabouts of Brianne. She was last seen at approximately 11:30 p.m. outside the local 7-11 store in the company of three, still unidentified young women.

The statue was a result of the efforts of the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The statue is displayed in Woodenhead Park as a reminder that Brianne is still missing and to provide hope to her family and to all families of missing children.

Brianne’s mother, Sheryl Wolgram, said the statue brings all the hurt and sadness of Brianne’s disappearance back to her.

“Heavens, yes,” she said. “But it is a good awareness to people that this happened. We have to continue on until we find out what happened.”

The disappearance still weighs heavily on the family, says Sheryl.

“I have my up days and down days,” she said. “Just hopefully the reward will help someone come forward. Somebody does know something, it’s just a matter of people coming forward. If they had any kind of conscience, they would come forward.”

Father Cliff Wolgram agrees.

“It hurts. It’s like our hearts were ripped out. If people could just realize what this does to parents and relatives and friends….”

Cliff says the family is still hoping Brianne is still alive.

“We’re hoping Brianne is still around,” he says. “There’s no indication she’s not. We’re still hoping and we’re not giving up hope. She might be perfectly OK.”

Sheryl said there are many people in town who deserve a thank you.

“I’d like to thank them all for the continual support they’ve given us, support for the Blue Ribbon fund, support for the light bulbs and to all the people out there who tried to help us find Brianne. There are too many people to thank, but they all know who they are. Thank you.”

Photos by Angela Dingsdale

Photo Caption  – Top left: Sheryl and Cliff Wolgram light their candles just before the candlelight vigil in Woodenhead Park last Thursday. Bottom left: Many people attended the vigil to show their support for the Wolgram family. Right: Sheryl and Cliff Wolgram unveil the Angel of Hope statue.

Angel of Hope Revealed Circa 2000

Angel of Hope Revealed Circa 2000

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