Authorities will expand the search for a missing Lubbock woman with the help of community volunteers.
Jennifer Wilkerson has been missing for nine days now. And as more time passes, the chance that Jennifer is somewhere against her will increases. So now the Sheriff's Department wants to broaden their search, with your help.
More than 500 people showed up to assist in a foot search for Joanna Rogers just a few months ago and now, the Sheriff's Department is turning to the community again and hoping for the same response.
"This weekend we are coordinating a search with an organization, United Response Search and Rescue. They are assisting in a massive ground search, we have some areas of interest that we need help searching. Not only for Jennifer, but also for Joanna Rogers. We want to combine the efforts and utilize the resources that have been so generously provided by our community and that is people," said Sgt. Greg Parrott.
Sgt. Parrott, says at this time there are no links between the two cases, other than the fact that it's two girls from south Lubbock County. Sgt. Parrott and Lt. Cody Scott are both working around the clock interviewing anyone that was a part of Jennifer's life, and while all are cooperating, they say all the clues aren't coming in.
"At this point we're still exploring a number of leads that have come in from the community. However we still haven't received the call from that right person who knows where she is or what has happened to her," said Sgt. Parrott.
The Sheriff's Department has already searched by foot and air the area around Jennifer's house, but now they need your help.
Volunteers are needed this Saturday starting at 8am. The search headquarters will be at Cooper High school off of the Tahoka Highway and Woodrow Road. All volunteers must be over 16 years of age, and officials recommend you wear long pants and plenty of sunscreen, and bring water to stay hydrated.
26-year-old Jennifer Wilkerson is about 5’5” and weighs 110 pounds. She has brownish red hair, blue eyes and several tattoos. 16-year-old Joanna Rogers is also 5’5”. Joanna weighs about 125 pounds and has red hair and hazel eyes. There is also a $15,000 reward for information leading to Joanna’s return.
Once again, if you have any information on either disappearance, you are asked to call the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office at 775-1601