Tree of Love and Hope honors missing

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HOLTS SUMMIT - Mid-Missourians are remembering loved ones by requesting a dedicated ornament on Missouri Missing's Tree of Love and Hope.

Marianne Asher-Chapman is the founder and executive director of Missouri Missing. The advocacy group works to help individuals that know a missing or deceased person.

The project began four years ago with just 40 ornaments but has grown to include around 170 names on hand-made salt dough ornaments.

“These are not great works of art, by any means," Asher-Chapman said. "They are a labor of love.”

Asher-Chapman's daughter, Angie Yarnell, disappeared in 2003.

“This is the 15th Christmas she’s not here," Asher-Chapman said. “And I know how hard it is for them, because it’s hard for me too, but I hope that we can just find some measure of peace.”

Asher-Chapman said she hopes to see the tree eventually move into a public space.

Those wanting to request an ornament have until 10:00 a.m. Saturday.