WALLINGFORD — A memorial event was held Sunday afternoon for Doreen Vincent, who went missing 32 years ago.
“It’s still a new thing for people,” said Jessica Fritz Aguiar, who organized the remembrance. “There are still people in the community who don’t know her name.”
The 12-year-old disappeared from her father’s home on June 15, 1988, just 10 days after moving to 1316 Whirlwind Hill Road.
After renewed interest in the case, the state’s attorney office in February reclassified the disappearance from a missing person to a homicide investigation. Police said at the time that they expected to submit an arrest warrant possibly within the next year.
In the “Sticky Beak” podcast Fritz Aguiar investigated the cold case. She told Vincent’s family that she wanted to hold the memorial event on the downtown Green to raise awareness of the case. She also assisted in the production of the second season of “Faded Out,” another podcast that looked at the case.
Around three dozen people attended the event. Others trickled onto the green to ask about Vincent.
Fritz Aguiar said she hopes to humanize Vincent since she feels many of the original reports of her disappearance focused on her as a victim.
“At the end of the day, she needs to be put to rest,” she said.
Fritz Aguiar feels there was an culture of silence around violence toward children at the time, particularly in Vincent’s case, due to rumors of sexual abuse.
“There’s an unwillingness to talk about it. It’s a difficult topic,” Fritz Aguiar said.