On Tuesday, cars approaching Waibel Road from Route 276 or from Dr. Jack Road were being detoured while investigators, some using metal detectors, searched the area. The area of Waibel Road where the body was found has a number of homes set back in the woods, but the street is used as a cut-through by motorists and thus fairly heavily traveled.
Russo could not say Wednesday if investigators found anything or explain why they had cleared the area, at least for now. She said they will continue to search for evidence as the investigation goes on.
"I don't think they are done," she added.
Vigil held Wednesday
It was a somber scene as family, friends and community members gathered for Wednesday night's vigil in Charlestown's Long Point Park.
A small memorial was set up next to the flagpole in the middle of the park, with candles lit around two large photographs of Kami, one taken of her standing at the very same spot.
Pastor Scott Stevens, Mission Outreach Director at Shoes 2 Share in Newark, Delaware, read the opening prayer, asking everyone to remember the light that Kami brought to those she met.
Pastor Dennis Gilbert from Charlestown Baptist Church, which Kami attended, spoke about how innocence interrupted by evil was nothing new in history, noting that it went back to Adam and Eve.
Doree Hepner sang "Amazing Grace" and "This Little Light of Mine," asking every child to hold their candles high in the air as she sang the latter.
Members of the audience were invited to speak about Kami. At times, audience members were brought to tears and sobs, as children, one of Kami's teachers and staffers from the Boys and Girls Club of Cecil County shared their memories. Kami participated in Boys & Girls Clubs programs at her school.
"My sister was a big friend of Kami's. It's always 'Kami, Kami, Kami,' " said David Poole, a student at Charlestown Elementary School, to chuckles from the audience. "She was such a great person; she had such a great personality; she always had a smile on her face."
"I tell all my kids on the very first day of school 'I will learn more from you than I ever will teach you in 180 days,' " said Kim Edler, who taught Kami this past school year, as she choked back tears. "And I feel like that is the testament today; that I have learned more from Kami than I probably ever taught her."
Funeral set for Monday
Funeral arrangements have been made with Crouch Funeral Home P.A. of North East. Anyone interested in making donations for funeral costs is encouraged to call the Boys and Girls Clubs' administrative office in Elkton at 410-398-5076.
Services will take place at noon Monday, June 17, at the funeral home, 127 S. Main St., in North East. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m., according to an obituary posted on the Crouch website.
Donations also can be mailed to Boys and Girls Club of Cecil County, 101 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921; Kami Ring Fund should be written in the memo line, the obituary states.
Anyone with more information on the case can call the Maryland State Police North East Barrack at 410-996-7800. Calls will remain confidential.
Aegis correspondent Hafiz Rashid contributed to this article.