Friends and family hold vigil for missing Chesterfield woman

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Friends and family are hoping more people will be on the lookout for a missing Chesterfield woman. 40-year old Kelly Catalano disappeared last Friday after leaving work.  Her loved ones believe she is still alive. Wednesday night, they held a vigil to raise awareness.

The date and place of that vigil are no coincidence. Wednesday nights Kelly and her friends would meet at Ironbridge Park to play softball. It's something they're hoping to be able to do once again.

Friends now cry tears near the softball fields on which they shared many laughs with Kelly.  Gina Desimone met Catalano on the diamond five years ago. They've been friends ever since.

"You can't help but be close to Kelly," she said. "She is so inviting and exciting, just the zest for life that she has is just unmatched by anybody I've ever met."

Two of Catalano's seven siblings traveled down from Pennsylvania to raise awareness at Wednesday's vigil. Police called Lori Williams when her sister didn't return from her daily walk break at work last Friday. It is a job, Williams says her baby sister loves.

"She loved the challenge," said Williams. "I mean, there's not a lot of girl welders. She just loved being part of a team."

Catalano has been missing for almost a week but friends and family will not give up the search.

"I get these feelings with something really bad," her sister said. "I get pressure in my chest and I don't have that. I haven't had it since day one. I truly believe she is alive out there."

Loved ones say they believe someone took Kelly because she wouldn't just walk away from work. They say that isn't like her. If you have any information call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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