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Fundraising ceremony Saturday for missing person Vanessa Smith at Courthouse Park

Bev Smith, mother of missing person Vanessa Smith, will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Courthouse Park in Merced in an effort to raise money and awareness of her daughter's case.

Vanessa has been missing since 1997, and the Merced Sheriff's Office has an open investigation into the case. It has been profiled several times in the media. You can also go the website at to get more information.

Any money raised from the ceremony will be used by Bev Smith to acquire billboards profiling Vanessa's case in hopes that someone will come forward with information into her daughter's whereabouts.