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Vigil Held For Kiski Valley Residents On Missing Plane

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LEECHBURG (KDKA) — People hoping and praying for the safe return of three Kiski Valley residents since their plane disappeared over West Virginia held a candlelight vigil in Leechburg.

It was held outside Addison House Restaurant and Lounge.

Laura Stettmier, 49, co-owner of Addison House, is among three people aboard the plane.

The plane was being piloted by 52-year-old Michael Garrone, of Allegheny Township.

Chas Armitage, Jr., 52, the president of Uncle Charley’s Sausage in Parks Township, was also on the flight.

“We gather because we know others are down searching,” Rev. Phillip Gustafson, from the Reformation Luthern Church, told the crowd.

“We gather to offer our prayerful support for Chas, for Laura, for Michael, for their families.”

Jim Spiering is the father of Josh Spiering, one of the searchers and co-owner of the Addison House.

He told KDKA-TV he refuses to give up hope.

“We have faith in the Lord and it just was last week when a man spent five days over the hill and we believe that they’re there and still alive,” Spiering said.

The search resumes Wednesday in West Virginia.

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