ST. ANTHONY, NL – People from across the Northern Peninsula and beyond gathered on Saturday, Dec. 2, to ceremoniously remember Jennifer-Hillier Penney.
Many walked from far distances and RCMP officers directed parking for the many cars that drove in. All came to take part in the balloon release and show their support for Hillier-Penney’s family.
The warm but foggy day at the Fishing Point lighthouse in St. Anthony was contrasted by the colourful balloons held by the roughly 100 people gathered there. Photos of Hillier-Penney were displayed and held up by family members and friends.
Hillier-Penney’s niece, Sandi Hillier, spoke before the balloon release, detailing her love for her aunt. She thanked everyone for attending, and stressed the importance of reaching out to RCMP or Crime Stoppers with any information pertaining to Hillier-Penney’s disappearance.
“With every passing day we think of her,” said Hillier. “She is missed beyond measure and we desperately need answers.”
The song “Dancing in the Sky” by Dani and Lizzy played as family, friends and community members released their balloons. The song was chosen by Hillier-Penney’s two daughters.
The balloons flew off across the Fishing Point walking trails and off into the ocean, further and further from visible sight.
Afterward, friends and community members took their time embracing the family and offering their condolences.