Mother’s Day was Sunday but Linda Anklam felt sorrow for the second straight year.
Anklam’s daughter, Susan Osborne, and Osborne’s son, Evan Chartrand, who is Anklam’s grandson, are missing but not forgotten.
Monday Anklam gathered at Holtville High School where Chartrand would be finishing up his junior year for the dedication of a koi pond in Chartrand’s memory.
“We knew that Evan loved to fish, so we thought it was appropriate to dedicate this pond to him,” Holtville High School principal Kyle Futral said. “Evan was such a sweet guy. My first year here as principal, I believe his mother Susan was one of the first people I met. She was an advocate for her son and wanted to make sure she talked with me about him.”
Monday was the second time Anklam and Futral shared hugs. They met last year at a candlelight vigil for Osborne and Chartrand where Futral presented the family a yearbook with Chartrand’s photograph.
The last time anyone saw Osborne and Chartrand was two years ago and Anklam doesn’t want the story to end until questions surrounding their disappearance are answered. The family wants answers so much it announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the disappearance.
“I don’t want people to forget,” Anklam said. “I don’t want this to just become another cold case file somewhere. I want answers.”
The Elmore County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating the disappearance since July 2017 when the department received a report of Osborne and Chartrand missing. The Herald reported family who were living out of state lost contact with Osborne in late May 2017.
They traveled to Holtville Monday for the dedication of the pond and to offer the reward.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Osborne and Chartrand is asked to call the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department at 334-567-5227.