COLORADO CITY, TX (KCBD) - The Laura Recovery Center and the Klaas Kids Foundation are joining the search for missing teenager Hailey Dunn. They aim to educate members of the community on how to search more efficiently.
Both organizations have assisted in hundreds of cases. The Laura Recovery Center helped in the Elizabeth Smart search. They say they're not trying to take over the efforts; they just want to use their years of experience to help.
"We're coming in at the request of the family just to kind of assist the community search," said Brad Dennis, Director of Search Operations for Klaas Kids.
Dennis brings more than 20 years of searching experience to Wednesday's efforts.
"We begin at 10 a.m. We ask searchers to be 18 or older. Wear clothing appropriate that is appropriate for elements," said LRC Senior Case Manager Dawn Davis. She recommends closed-toed shoes and long pants.
Community volunteers have already been searching for weeks. These organizations want to use their experience to make sure those searches are planned and their findings properly reported to authorities to aid in their investigation.
"How to organize their ground searches, how to treat any potential evidence they may find, how to report all of that as well," Dennis said.
Davis agreed. "Our plan is to engage the community, organize them so they do a well planned out, well organized search, where the information is coming directly to law enforcement," she said.
Dennis says they may go back over some areas that have already been searched. "It's all about raising our probability of detection. Many times you have to sweep through an area with different resources and different directions and different techniques."
They'll be mapping out areas of interest Tuesday night before the ground search begins around Colorado City on Wednesday. Both organizations encourage anyone 18 and older to show up for a briefing at 9 a.m. at the Colorado City Civic Center. They hope to start searching by 10.