BAR HARBOR, Maine – Jasmine Wehbe never knew Mikaela Conley.
The 22-year-old Wehbe lives in Clearwater, Florida, and has summered in Bar Harbor for the last five years, but still felt obliged to attend a memorial vigil for Conley on Monday night.
“I just wanted to come and support the community,” Wehbe said during the vigil, “and I lost my mother a few months ago. I hope that people here can find peace.”
Conley, 19, was last seen on May 31. Two days later, her body was found near the downtown village in woods next to the intersection of Eden and West streets.
Accused of killing her is a former high school classmate, local resident Jalique Keene, 21, who was arrested on June 4 and is being held without bail at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth on a charge of murder.
Vigil for Mikaela Conley on the Bar Harbor Village Green.
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Police estimated that as many as 150 people attended the vigil on the town green. They stood together with lit candles, listened to songs and some left memories of Conley and best wishes to her family in a book provided by Matthew Hochman, a town council member and business owner who organized the event with fellow Bar Harbor resident Nina St. Germain.
“With how upset the community is we just felt we wanted to really have some sort of event where we could start to feel some healing,” said Hochman, “where people can get together and remember Mikaela and start the healing process.”