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Candlelight vigil held for teen missing since New Year's Day

18-year-old Hunter Klompstra was last seen Jan. 1.
Posted at 10:54 PM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 22:54:33-05

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.  — Family and friends are still searching for 18-year-old Hunter Klompstra who was last seen New Year’s Day.

It’s been more than three weeks since Klompstra was last seen or heard from, after police say he left a party on Leonard Street in Coopersville on January 1 at about 2 a.m.

“The past few weeks have been horrible, you don’t wish this upon anyone, but the support of the community, my family, everyone, the police all the businesses, it’s been phenomenal,” Hunter’s Dad Sam Klompstra said.

In the weeks since his disappearance, family friends and hundreds of volunteers have been searching the streets and wooded areas around where he was last seen.

It’s not a good feeling not knowing where your kid is, where one of your best friends is,” Hunter’s Friend Luke Ring said. “I’ve been out there just about every day when I’m not at work I’m just here with everybody for moral support or I’m out looking for my best friend, that’s how it’s been every day,” Ring explained.

On Saturday, dozens of people at Veterans Park in Coopersville held candles high and said prayers in support of Hunter’s loved ones.

Family and friends are not giving up hope as they continue to search with the whole community's support behind them.

“I hate for the community to come together because of something like this, but everyone stands behind each other,” Sam Klompstra added.

Together they remain hopeful through it all, continuing their search for Hunter each day.

“I’ll never say he’s gone until I have something but we are going to search every minute we can,” Sam said.

“Hunter we are going to find you bro, I’m certain of it, we are going to find you. We are going to get this closure that we need. We all love you, hopefully you can see that. We are going to find you bro, we love you,” Luke added.

Anyone with information about Hunter’s disappearance is asked to call Silent Observer or his family directly at 616-970-2441.