Vigil Thursday to honor teens missing from Kensington

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Two Kensington girls missing since 1975 will be remembered in a candlelight vigil Thursday in Annapolis.

The Maryland Missing Persons Network and the Missing and Exploited Children’s Association of Maryland are planning the ‘‘Circle of Hope” event in honor of National Missing Children’s Day.

Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappeared from their Kensington home just days before their 13th and 11th birthdays while walking to Wheaton Plaza shopping center in March 1975. The case has remained unsolved.

The girls’ father, John Lyon, now works with the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program and is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event. Del. Jean B. Cryor (R-Dist. 15) of Potomac will also speak about recent legislation to change the procedures for investigating a missing person’s case.

Other families of Maryland’s missing children have also been invited to speak during the vigil to share memories about their loved ones.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lawyer’s Mall, located on State Circle in Annapolis.