As we pointed out about this time yesterday morning, the friends and family posting on the Prayers For Kayleah Wilson's Safe Return Facebook page were trying to maintain hope even as they were preparing for the worst.
Unfortunately, the worst is what they got: Greeley officials confirm that a body found in a ditch not far from Kayleah's house has been positively identified as the twelve-year old, missing since March 28.
Now, the page has become a place for those who loved Kayleah (whether they knew her or not) to mourn. Here are some of the things they've written in recent hours:
My name is Judy, I came to search for you. I am so sorry for all of you. I wish there was more I could say or do. I have thought of you all so often since the day of your disappearance. At least your soul is at peace now. I pray for your Mother and the rest of your dear family and friends that I have read about on... here. Please know that your state is behind you all.
R.I.P. Kayleah Wilson you are with God now
I'm so sori for ur loss ur in my prayers. And always think of the good memories u shared with Kayleah no one could ever take those away from u GOD BLESS You!
Losing one's child is like having the middle of your heart removed with an ice cream scooper..The pain is litteral and agonizing..I pray Lord you provide the people this family will need even when they dont know what to say or do to make things better..I pray you will send this Mothers friends to her side not to give a...dvise nor to comment on their own grief but to just sit with her, allow her to be comforted in anyway "she" needs. I pray you will carry her to the "new" normal, in her time...Amen
May you rest in peace Kayleah. You are an angel now, you are safe. God Bless you and your family.
I'll lend for a little while a child of mine He said, for you to love while shes here and mourn for when shes dead. It may be 6 or 7 years, or 22 or 3, but will you til I call her home take care of her for me. I've searched this whole world over for teachers that are true, and from the throngs that crowd lifes love, I ...have selected you. Will you take the loved one and not look at it in vain when I call her home again......Kayleah you touched many lives, to those who knew you your whole life, those who knew you briefly, and to those you've never met. May you rest in peace and shine to us from up above where we know you are watching over us. God bless
My name is Andrea and on behalf of myself and Greeley Aims LULAC I just want to say how sorry we are for your loss and the family and if there is anything we can do please contact myself or any of the other council members and we will be there. Kayleah may you R.I.P. You are an angel who has brought this community together and you will never be forgotten.
I have a daughter your age and I gave her a big hug today because of this. I prayed that you would come home to your mom because I can't imagine what she is going thru right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers and so are your family. You are a beautiful girl and now you are a beautiful angel.
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Two other notable comments -- the first of which comes from Wilson's aunt, Jacqui Wilson, a frequent presence on the site. She writes:
My sweet angel its been almost 12 hours since your mom got the grim news and called me it still hasn't totally sunken in yet, it seems like yesterday that you were a little baby, I remember so many memories of when you came to Reno with grandma Bonnie, your mom, Auntie Lisa and the boys, one time we went to Idlewild pa...rk and I took you on the little train that went around the park you might of been a year old and you laughed and giggled on that ride, or when everyone was staying at circus circus and the boys were bouncing on the bed while you were on it you would laugh so hard. Sweet Angel I know you are gone now into the arms of Grandma Bonnie and Auntie Lisa I know they welcomed you into heaven with open arms. You are now a very special angel watching over your family and friends now. You are always going to be in our thoughts and hearts. Until we meet again Sweet Angel. I love you so much. Love Auntie JJ
There's also a recent remark from Michelle Thompson, one of the two people who started the website:
I was asked tonight, what happens to this group now Kayeah has been called home? I am keeping this group up and going. It has brought our community together strong. Kayleah has formed many friendships. Kayleah, I love you dearly. I will continue to keep your name alive. Thank you for giving me a chance to spread your name and story. ♥ ya Angel