Candlelight vigil held for missing Wells woman, Rachael Mattice

WELLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s been one week since a 24-year-old woman went missing out of the town of Wells.

Rachael Mattice was last seen around 9:15 p.m. on June 22 in Wells. Her family’s plea for help has brought the community together, and they held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

“Rach, I love you dear with all my heart,” Wendy Mattice, Rachael’s mother, said.

Wendy said she had dinner with Rachael at her home in Johnstown on June 22. That was the last time Wendy had any contact with her.

On Friday, Wendy said a family member went to the family’s campsite on Hernandez Road in Wells where Rachael has been living in a camper. But she was nowhere to be found.

Her camp and car door were found wide open with her purse and phone still inside.


Typically, Wendy said she would speak with Rachael two to three times a day by phone or social media, but she hasn’t spoken to her in days. Her last post on Facebook was June 18.

“It’s been awful. It’s been a nightmare. I’m numb. I’m in shock,” Wendy said. “I just can’t believe they can’t find her, and it’s not her characteristic to just take off.”

Now, fliers cover the small town in Hamilton County.

Over 300 people gathered around the family’s campsite Wednesday night for the vigil. Everyone wore purple, lit candles, and remembered a young life that suddenly was nowhere to be seen.

“I would like her to come home as soon as possible,” close family friend Cheryl Daystewart said. “I love her and miss her so much.”

A cousin of Rachael’s said he doesn’t know what to do.

“I just feel completely helpless,” Ron Mattice said. “I don’t know how to fix this.”

Family members believe Rachael may have been abducted.

“I’d like to say if you know where Rachael is or have any idea what might’ve happened, please contact somebody,” Daystewart said.

All they can do now is hope that word of mouth will bring Rachael home as they wait for more information on her disappearance.

“I think there’s a lot of people here that have just seen the case and wanted to come up to lend their support,” Ron said. “The media’s been doing a good job in getting it out there, and people are talking.”

A candlelight vigil was also held Tuesday night in Johnstown.

Friends and family said they’re still waiting for leads from police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the authorities.

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