Friends host vigil for Danniella Vian one week after car found

Mobile County

SARALAND, Ala. (WKRG) — Friends and family of Danniella Vian gathered Friday night for a vigil.

Vian’s car was pulled from the waters of Bayou Sara one week ago. Candles, flowers, and a sign sit on the side of the bayou next to where her car was found.

After almost 10 months of searching investigators found Danniella’s car. Now her friends and family want answers.

Danniella was last seen on July 17th at a Shell gas station at Government and I-65. She had just purchased a blue Chevy Cruz, something she was working hard for. Her friends and family searched for months, printing flyers, and holding prayer vigils as they kept looking.

One of Danniella’s friends said, “Everyone here has prayed for this and granted it’s not the outcome that we wanted. It was our prayers and our pushing that got us here.” She added, Help us figure out what happened so we can get justice and she can really ultimately rest peacefully.”

It’s been a difficult time for Danniella’s family and friends. One Saraland man wanted to do what he could to share love in this time of hurt.

Richard Metts said, “Nobody deserves what happened to her. Nobody deserves that.” 

Metts organized the vigil and made a cross to give to Danniella’s family.

For Danniella’s family, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Mobile Police have not yet confirmed through DNA analysis the body found is Danniella.

Danniella’s daughter’s paternal grandmother Julie Thomas said, “Llast week was the realization that the little bit of hope that we had taken from us, but we knew.” 

Along with the DNA analysis, Mobile Police have not said exactly how her car ended up in the bayou. It could still take some time for the analysis to come back.


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