MONROE, MI (Toledo News Now) - It has been three years since the kidnapping and murder of a 5-year-old girl from Monroe. Her murder is still unsolved today and the family is still coping.
May 23 marks the anniversary of when Nevaeh went missing.
The family remembers her as a little girl with a big heart and lots of energy. They are still trying to wrap their minds around the fact that their angel is gone.
"It's still fresh...it's been shocking to me. I still feel shocked, like this is just a bad dream, just a nightmare," said Jennifer Buchanan, Nevaeh's mother.
Buchanan said the past three years have been filled with sleepless nights, missed birthdays, and the constant reminder that her baby girl is no longer here.
"As a mother, it has been extremely hard and very difficult to go through each and every day without her. Especially not knowing who took her away from me," explained Buchanan.
Nevaeh was kidnapped from the Charlotte Arms Apartments back in 2009. An entire community banded together and spent days looking for her, but her body was found less than two weeks later, buried in a cement block in the River Raisin.
Although no arrests have been made and the case is still unsolved, the community and Nevaeh's family have not given up.
Buchanan said it is that tenacious spirit that would make her daughter proud.
"I think she'd be very happy to know that no one has given up on her, and no one ever will. No one will ever forget her. I think she knows that," said Buchanan.
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