The effort by today’s searchers was a sight to behold. There were men and women who heard about the need for volunteers on the news and decided to help. One man told me he was having his coffee when he heard about it, and decided to come out. Another man heard the call for volunteers on the news also. He said he wanted to be involved in trying to find Stacy, even though he said she is now in a better place. He lost his own son, only in his 20′s, when he was home from the Service on leave. He was senselessly shot and killed, so he fully understands the anguish of Stacy’s family.
It was a trying search, to say the least. The area to be covered is a Wetland Preserve. About the only way I can explain how it feels to go into something like that is to liken it to walking into a cornfield. Only, the growth is marsh and cattails, and the ground is muddy, mucky. The further you go in, the more water you encounter, sometimes more than knee deep. Sometimes I’d take a step, sink further into the muck, and find it hard to get my foot up and out to take another step. If you’d lose your footing, there was nothing to grab onto. To be safe, people had to stay in groups, because it was like being in a maze, without knowing which way to go back out.
There were a couple of places of interest, one a mound that didn’t match the area around it, as though something could have been buried there. Searchers used their hands to dig further into the ground, but it turned out to be nothing. Another time, searchers actually found a large boulder, with rope tied around it, in a waterway. As though it were an anchor to weigh something down. A group of searchers then volunteered to go back to the area where the rock was found, in water that was thigh high, with sticks to poke at the bottom. Nothing was found in the area where the rock was discovered.
All I can say is I was amongst an awesome group of people. Family, friends and strangers who want only to find Stacy and bring her home.
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