HOUSTON – Members of the Shoreacres community came together Tuesday evening in honor of missing teen Abigail English on what would have been her 16th birthday.
Saturday Texas Equusearch crews discovered human remains believed to be that of the teen. The medical examiner's office has yet to make an official identification or rule on cause of death.
At the vigil, family friends and strangers sang "Happy Birthday" and released balloons in the air.
"She would be amazed because she always said she never had any friends but it turned out she had a whole neighborhood behind her," said the girl's mother, Deborah Dreyer.
The teen spent 13 years in foster care and finally got back to her biological family in November 2015.
"All Abby wanted was her family; she got that and unfortunately it didn't work out very well," said Texas Equusearch founder Tim Miller.
Abigail disappeared from her grandmother's Shoreacres home in late March and was thought to be a runaway.
Texas Equusearch got involved over the weekend after learning more about the case that led them to think otherwise.
"Abby's one of thousands of throwaway children in our country, we can't have another Abby," Miller said.
The teen's death is still under investigation.