Searchers, volunteers gather to remember Marcus Fiesel 10 years later

Remembering Marcus Fiesel 10 years later
Marcus Fiesel (FOX19 NOW)
Marcus Fiesel (FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - This month marks 10 years since thousands of people showed up to Julifs park in Anderson Township to search for Marcus Fiesel.

On Sunday, many of those same searchers and volunteers came back to the park to remember the then 3-year-old.

"The story was just, it really touched my heart and I was out here ten years ago with my kids searching through the park," said Michelle Beckham-Corbin.

"Well I've thought about Marcus over the years, and when I heard this was going to happen, I just wanted to be here," Mike Connelly told FOX19 NOW.

Time hasn't erased the memory of little Marcus. Dozens reunited to remember the boy that thousands searched for. Back in 2006, Fiesel's foster parents Liz and David Carroll told police he went missing. Detectives later discovered that he had been bound and locked in a closet for days, causing his death. After that, search crews found his body burned on a property in Brown County.

Holly Schlaack is the event organizer. She's also the founder and executive director of the Invisible Kids Project.

"Our goal now is to bring all those folks back and to talk again about how we can all work together to build a voice for kids in the child welfare system," she said.

She's said Sunday was about remembering the power of community nearly 10 years ago. It also was a time to shed light on some issues surrounding the child welfare system.

"I think it's really important for us to take Marcus Fiesel's story and the story of every child who has been hurt while under the care of the system. These kids are so invisible the community around them. We don't see their faces until something goes wrong," Schlaack said.

The hope from Schlaack is that elected officials will prioritize children in the system.

Liz and David Carroll were convicted of murder and remain in jail.

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