Family of missing teen Zoe Campos organize first search party

Published: Jul. 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 9, 2016 at 11:20 PM CST
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Melinda Campos
Melinda Campos
Search parties looked through an open field behind Jaguars along Highway 87.
Search parties looked through an open field behind Jaguars along Highway 87.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lowrey Field is a place Melinda Campos has trouble returning to.

"This is actually the second time that I've been here because it's hard," Melinda said.

But she is prepared to spend hours at the field if it means being a step closer to bringing her daughter, Zoe Campos, home.

Lowery Field was the last place Zoe was believed to have been seen. She was eighteen years old when she disappeared a year and a half ago. Her phone was pinned in a one-mile radius from the field.

Melinda says she experienced difficulty while dealing with the Lubbock Police Department and decided to take matters into her own hands by hiring investigators from the Dallas area. Together, they organized the first search party for Zoe on Saturday morning.

The group gathered at Lowrey Field and split into two groups, with one group hanging fliers in a nearby neighborhood and combing through surrounding apartments as the other group searched through an open field.

"We were told that the junk yard behind Jaguars [along Highway 87] is the area to check thoroughly," one of the Campos family's advocates said.

Melinda says social media has played an important role in bringing awareness to Zoe's case and receiving tips on her whereabouts. The most recent tip they received sparked Saturday's search efforts.

"It helps," Melinda said. "It really does. [With] her picture out there, someone's going to trigger and say, 'You know what, I do know something.'"

Each passing day without Zoe breaks Melinda's heart.

"Imagine not being able to see your kid; not being able to hear their voice; not being able to see their smile," Melinda said.

But she says she is thankful for her supporters and team of investigators, and continues to hang on to hope.

"Someone out there knows, and I need them to come up and say something," Melinda said. "We're not looking for you. We're looking for Zoe."

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