Amanda Lankey's body was found in the Manistee National Forest in 2004.
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WZZM) - One day after she was reburied, family and friends gathered to remember a West Michigan girl killed nine years ago. The remains of 13-year-old Amanda Lankey were buried Monday south of Detroit.
Lankey's body was found in June 2004, about two weeks after she disappeared during a sleepover at Cecil Wallis' home near White Cloud. Detectives investigating her murder just recently released her remains.
Victoria Foster, Amanda's mother says the memorial Tuesday evening was about celebrating her daughter's life.
"We just want to remember her. Nothing sad, we know we just got to lay her to rest properly and we've been waiting for that for many years-- many, many years. And now that that is done, we can put all of our energy into the case now," said Foster.
Foster and her family are still waiting on court dates for Candace Wallace-Baumgartner and her son, who are charged with perjury. Cecil Wallis Sr. was considered a person of interest before he committed suicide more than a year ago.