The family remembers Sarah Knight a year after the murder

GLADWIN, Mich. (WOOD) — A year after Sarah Lee Knight was murdered in her Allegan County home, her husband Harold “Butch” Knight is still on the run and the trail is cold.

On the one-year anniversary of her death, Sarah Knight’s friends and family gathered for a vigil in Gladwin on Michigan’s east side.

During the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, Sarah Knight and her family lived several blocks away from the courthouse in Gladwin. She and her daughter would often pass a war memorial there on their way to the local park. This was where the vigil was held on Monday.

“My mom used to bring us here when we were kids. She’s on our way to the park so we’ll stop. Her daughter, Roxanne Harris, told 24 Hour News8.

She said Butch Knight was the reason her mother and her father separated in the mid-1990s.

Sarah Knight’s mother, Caroline Clower, still lives in Gladwin.

“How beautiful she was, inside and out. All people loved her,” she answered when asked what she remembered most about her daughter.

Clore said that she did not get along with Butch Knight and that he “didn’t want Sarah to have anything to do with any of us”. She hopes the authorities can still track down her son-in-law.

“I’m trying to be (optimistic). I’m trying to get rid of some of my bitterness,” she said. “It’s not going to do me any good.”

Clore was among family and friends who braved the freezing cold to light candles, say a prayer, and most of all, show that they’re still fighting for justice. They put up signs that read, “Justice for Sarah Lee.”

Butch Knight is Accused of strangling Sarah at their Fennville-area home on January 11, 2015. 24 Hour News 8 learned last year that he sent a package to her family just days after her murder. Monday night, her mother revealed part of what was inside her.

“I got a letter from him, from Butch, and he said he was smarter than the police and he wouldn’t go to jail until he was ready. I thought that letter would upset the police enough to arrest him. But he’s fooling them,” Clore said.

Butch had only been spotted for days after the murder, when he was at it Rangeley, Maine – not far from where he and Sarah Knight lived. He has dyed his mustache black to change his appearance.

Investigators said it might have been Using his late wife’s Facebook account at same time. Last summer, investigators looked into the possibility of his presence Living with the Amish.

All threads are gone. Harris said she hasn’t heard much good news from investigators since then.

“Not much,” she said. “They don’t know where he is. We haven’t had anything concrete for a long time.”

The family also made pink “Justice for Sarah Lee” T-shirts in an effort to raise money to fund a reward for any information that might lead to Knight’s arrest.

“People are talking about money and maybe someone will come forward,” Harris said. “Someone has to help him. You know there must be something more to this than this. He can’t just hide in a cave. Someone knows where he is.”

Clore said she would not be able to move on with her life until her daughter’s killer was caught. Until that happens, she’s focused on honoring Sarah Knight.

“All I have to do is look at her picture. I go to bed to say goodbye to her and get up to say hi to her. I will never lose her,” Clore said.

Allegan County detectives said they will meet with US Marshals on Tuesday to discuss the case. They said they still get tipped, even as recently as Monday. However, they have no idea where Butch Knight, 67, is.

If you have any information you will be asked to contact Allegan County Sheriff’s Office at 269.673.0500 or Silent observer at 800.554.3633.

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Connected:Justice for Sarah Lee’s GoFundMe page

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