Friends gather to remember Kari Ogden, Sand Springs woman recovered from Lake Hudson Monday

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Two or three at a time, friends of Kari Ogden gathered outside Charles Page High School Wednesday night.

Saturday, Ogden went missing in Lake Hudson while swimming . Monday, divers recovered her body .

As her friends showed up Wednesday, each had a balloon, covered with messages of Ogden.

"About a month ago our truck was stolen. She brought us a car seat," Katrina Slagle said.

Friends said that was Ogden. Helping before being asked. She gave a child's car seat to Slagle, after reading on Facebook that her truck had been stolen.

That is why Slagle wrote "Thank you for having such a giving heart. You are missed" on the balloon she held. 

"I just think it was really cool," Slagle said. "She didn't have to. I didn't ask for it. She knew we had a 3-year-old, and she just brought us the car seat." 

The vigil became a moment for Ogden's friends to lean on each other -- friends who have been in shock since Saturday.

"When I first planned it, she was missing," Jobe Jones said. "Basically it was for hope, maybe we will find her."

But then Monday night came and Ogden was found, but not alive. Hope disappeared and shock turned to a feeling of loss. So Jones, a friend of Ogden's for more than 10 years, planned Wednesday as a memorial with a balloon release for Ogden. 

"This is for you Kari," Jones said. "3... 2...1... Let go." 

As Jones said "let go," close to 30 friends released balloons in front of Charles Page High School. They soon drifted away into the clear blue sky. 

A small group letting go of balloons, but not their friend.

"Maybe it is not a big one, but it doesn't have to be big," Jones said. "It is really the thought that matters."

A quick moment shared with those closest to Ogden. Hoping they could talk to her one last time.

"The tone of her voice," Jones said. "You would know everything would be alright."

Shortly after they released their balloons, they left, two or three at a time. Just as they had come. Hoping everything will be alright, with memories of a friend, and as Slagle put her child in her station wagon, a car seat makes her think of Ogden. 

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