Hundreds attend vigil for Rainier teen found dead

People release about 200 balloons Wednesday night, March 20, 2019 in memory of 18-year-old Sarah Zuber, whose body was found last week. (KATU Photo)

"Sarah and I were best friends for 8 years," said Colby Aubian, who still can't believe his friend's gone. "You don’t really expect anything like this. When you hear the call that it happened, probably numb is the best way to describe it."

Colby was one of hundreds to attend a vigil Wednesday night in remembrance of Sarah Zuber, the 18-year-old found dead last week. Deputies found her body on Neer City Road and Nick Thomas Road around noon last Wednesday.

Columbia County deputies say they're investigating her death, but the cause remains a mystery.

Family and friends are hoping for answers. In the meantime, they rely on their strong faith.

"When things like this happen, we lean on our faith, we have to trust in the Lord that he will give us the answers we need," said Talina Aubian, a family friend.

The vigil ended with the lighting of candles and the release of more than 200 balloons.

Sarah's death is hitting this small community hard.

"It’s such an amazing community, everyone’s always willing to help each other and to see something like this, so many people come out to an event like this, is overwhelming," said Colby.

The family is planning a memorial for Sarah in the coming week.

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