Laura Garza's family, friends hold candlelight vigil

Activists and family members of Laura Garza held a candlelight vigil Thursday evening in front of the Newburgh home of the parents of the convicted sex offender who accompanied the young woman when she

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2014, 9:45 PM

Updated 3,653 days ago

Share:

Laura Garza's family, friends hold candlelight vigil
Activists and family members of Laura Garza held a candlelight vigil Thursday evening in front of the Newburgh home of the parents of the convicted sex offender who accompanied the young woman when she went missing two months ago.
The people who gathered in front of the house of Michael Mele?s family traveled from the Bronx by bus to demand answers about Garza?s disappearance.
Garza, 25, was last seen in December of last year leaving a Manhattan nightclub with Mele. Since then, investigators have searched Mele?s Middletown condominium and scoured thousands of acres of land in Orange and Sullivan counties, but no traces of the young woman were found.
The group from the Bronx is appealing to Mele's parents to ask their son to reveal Garza?s whereabouts.
?He is last one that was seen with her,? says Garza?s mother, Elizabeth Garza. ?We know he doesn't want to speak, but we're asking his parents ? they're the only people who can get in touch with him.?
Mele remains behind bars for violating his probation. He has not been charged with any crime in connection to Garza?s disappearance.
Friends, family hold vigil for missing BK woman Divers search Echo Lake for missing woman Family hopes for miracle in woman's disappearance Carpet may be clue in woman's disappearance Police step up search for missing Brooklyn woman Suspect in missing woman case moved to Orange Co. Police search home of man eyed in disappearance


More from News 12
0:56
Turn to Tara Exclusive: Lead prosecutor took free vacation at Robert Durst's wife's home

Turn to Tara Exclusive: Lead prosecutor took free vacation at Robert Durst's wife's home

2:18
Sunny skies and warm temps for Tuesday in the Hudson Valley

Sunny skies and warm temps for Tuesday in the Hudson Valley

0:32
Early morning shooting in Monticello leaves 1 dead, 1 hospitalized

Early morning shooting in Monticello leaves 1 dead, 1 hospitalized

1:14
Crash victim airlifted to hospital after veering off Palisades Parkway and down embankment

Crash victim airlifted to hospital after veering off Palisades Parkway and down embankment

0:24
Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park reopens after yearlong closure

Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park reopens after yearlong closure

2:17
Made in the Hudson Valley: Tarrytown's Main Street Sweets celebrates 25 years of homemade ice cream

Made in the Hudson Valley: Tarrytown's Main Street Sweets celebrates 25 years of homemade ice cream

1:01
Headlines: Woodbourne double stabbing, Rye crash, attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

Headlines: Woodbourne double stabbing, Rye crash, attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley Daily Poll

News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley Daily Poll

0:22
Traffic Alert: Kingston water department working to locate system leak

Traffic Alert: Kingston water department working to locate system leak

1:59
Stormy weather doesn't deter holiday travelers

Stormy weather doesn't deter holiday travelers

0:33
Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

0:22
All lanes reopen on Mario Cuomo Bridge following vehicle rollover accident

All lanes reopen on Mario Cuomo Bridge following vehicle rollover accident

1:04
Mount Vernon offers Civil War songs presentation to commemorate Memorial Day

Mount Vernon offers Civil War songs presentation to commemorate Memorial Day

1:58
White Plains celebrates Memorial Day with parade, ceremony to honor those who have served in U.S. military

White Plains celebrates Memorial Day with parade, ceremony to honor those who have served in U.S. military

0:19
Woman arrested for attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

Woman arrested for attempted arson in Poughkeepsie

0:24
Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

0:24
2 arrested for double stabbing incident in Woodbourne

2 arrested for double stabbing incident in Woodbourne

2:11
Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

1:42
Memorial Day ceremonies and parades kick off around the Hudson Valley

Memorial Day ceremonies and parades kick off around the Hudson Valley