COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Valley police are now investigating a homicide after a young woman who disappeared from Columbus on Independence Day was found in a creek in East Alabama on July 7.
Just days ago, Renee Eldridge's family told us they believed she was kidnapped, and now residents remember the woman they all loved.
Residents at Cooper Creek Village, a property Renee managed, held a prayer vigil Tuesday night.
The event was originally scheduled as a prayer ceremony to help bring the missing 25-year-old home, but it instead was a candlelight vigil after the tragic discovery of her body in Valley, Ala.
Judith Reed says when she was going through cancer treatments, Renee would call to make sure she was okay.
"She would check with me everyday and then when they did the procedure she called me at home, in fact she called me on Friday about 6:30 to make sure i was okay, and that was the last time I heard from her, she was very very caring, she was like a granddaughter," Reed said.
Valley Police found Eldridge's body in the Osanippa Creek off Hopewell Road at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, about 26 miles from her home on 46th Street where she was last seen on the Fourth of July around 3 a.m.
Renee's family talked to us over the weekend, asking for help in finding her after they say she was abducted. They say her room was in disarray, a window screen was missing, and her dog had not been let out of its cage. Her purse was also missing, but her phone and keys were in her room.
After the sad news, many of those family members and friends gathered on 46th Street at the home Renee was last seen on Sunday morning.
Columbus investigators say they have done several interviews, but they have not identified a suspect or a person of interest yet.
Valley investigators say a preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head. Her body has been taken to Montgomery for an autopsy.
A fundraiser has been set up to help the Renee's family. If you wish do donate, you can click here.