Joanna Search Continues - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/23/04

Joanna Search Continues

After two days with hundreds of volunteers, the search for missing Lubbock teen Joanna Rogers continues. Few clues were found, but authorities say much ground was covered, and leads keep coming in everyday.

16 year-old Joanna Rogers has been missing for almost three weeks. But this weekend, hundreds gathered to assist in her search.

"We just asked for volunteers, and they keep pouring in. It's just tremendous to see the compassion that people have to want to help," said Lt. Cody Scott, Lubbock Sheriff's Department.

People of all ages gave up their weekend to walk the fields in a 10 mile radius of the Rogers home -- alongside a team of K-9's, horses, and authorities.

"I have three daughters, and if this happened to me, I'd want people to come help. It just breaks my heart," said Janice Gage, volunteer.

"It just shows the support of the community in helping us get our daughter back," said Joe Bill Rogers, Joanna's dad.

"We had a little over 200 people return (Sunday) in addition to a lot of new searchers. They got out there despite the heat and the harsh terrain and elements, and they did a fabulous job of really combing through the area and ruling out some areas of concern," said LSO Sgt. Greg Parrot.

They searched abandoned cars, junk yards, and areas of thick foliage, adding eyes to an Amber Alert with few clues.

"Found a lot of items of interest. Of course, we'll have to take them and evaluate if they have to do with this case," said Sgt. Parrot.

And while the volunteer efforts have been exhausted for now, Sgt. Greg Parrot says the search continues.

"Our investigation continues. This is by no means the end of the Joanna Rogers case. We still have a lot of leads and are receiving information daily," said Sgt. Parrot.

Local authorities and the family of Joanna Rogers were equally overwhelmed with this weekend's turnout of volunteers. More than 500 people came out Saturday and about 200 showed up on Sunday.

Joanna is 5' 5" tall, weighs about 125 pounds and has red hair and hazel eyes. There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, you are encouraged to call the Lubbock Sheriff's Department at (806) 775-1601.

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