A week after a 26-year-old woman went missing after celebrating her birthday with friends in Canton, a vigil was held in honor of her after her body was recovered from the water Thursday.
NICOLE BAKER: Well, it's a vigil in her honor. Friends and family coming together tonight to remember the life of Savannah Payne. Thanks for staying with WJZ. I'm Nicole Baker.
DENISE KOCH: And I'm Denise Koch. Well, it is a somber evening, of course, in Canton, a vigil in memory of the 26-year-old who vanished early March 23rd.
NICOLE BAKER: Her body was later pulled from the water not far from where she was last seen. WJZ is live tonight. Rachael Cardin joins us right outside the Southern Provisions. That's the last bar Savannah Payne was seen at. Rachael.
RACHAEL CARDIN: That's right, Denise, Nicole. Now, you mentioned, it's a somber occasion. We have seen a few tears out here. But for the most part, everyone is trying to celebrate Savannah's life. I'll step out of the way so you can see the bar where they are all inside right now, family, friends gathered together. Now, we do want to show you some pictures that friends have texted us throughout the week.
26-year-old Savannah Payne is being remembered by her friends as fun, caring, memorable, bright, compassionate. Many say she was a blessing to their lives. The young woman went out to celebrate her birthday last Monday night and never made it home. Her body was pulled from the water in Canton on Thursday afternoon. Baltimore police now say they believe her death was accidental.
But her father thinks there is more that needs to be investigated. Right now, though, he's focused on remembering his baby girl.
JIM PAYNE: We're here today for Savannah. It's about her memories. It's about sharing stories. There's a lot of unanswered questions with timelines, with how her belongings were found, where she ended up, how she ended up there.
RACHAEL CARDIN: Coming up tonight on "WJZ News at 11:00," we'll continue to break down at least what we know from police right now. And we have spoken to several friends out here. So you'll hear from them coming up tonight on "WJZ News 11:00." We're live in Canton at 5:30. I'm Rachael Cardin for WJZ.