Volunteers Pick Up Search For Missing Girl

Texas Group Leads New Effort In Greeley

A group from Texas is leading a new search for 12-year-old Kayleah Wilson, the Greeley girl who disappeared nearly two weeks ago.

"We were contacted by Kayleah's family to come and organize a community search," said Sandy Stafford, a spokeswoman for The Laura Recovery Center For Missing Children -- a Texas based nonprofit organization.

On Saturday, the organization led about 50 volunteers -- mostly from across Colorado -- in searching areas in Greeley that law enforcement hadn't searched previously.

Suzanne Little drove up from Commerce City to help in the search effort.

"This story kind of hit home because I had a niece that was abducted and murdered," said Little. She joined Greeley bus driver Stuart Lawrence in searching Glenmere Park.

"I feel like I might have even seen her once or twice before her disappearance, and I felt this is something I wanted to participate in," Lawrence said.

They picked through long, dry brush, canvassed acres of open grassy areas and looked behind thick shrubs.

"We're checking for any odors, unusual odors that might be present, of course pieces of clothing, just anything that's out of the ordinary," Lawrence said.

Their search Saturday didn't yield any new clues. However, Little was happy she could help rule out another place to search. She urged other people in the community to keep looking.

"It was four months, almost four months before they found my niece," she said, "They kept looking. Although she was deceased when they found her, at least they found her."

The Laura Recovery Center For Missing Children has helped search for more than 100 other children and has found them 30 percent of the time.

Another organized search for Kayleah Wilson is scheduled for Sunday. Volunteers are asked to show up at Journey Christian Church, located at 23rd Avenue and 27th St., anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Organizers said volunteers should bring a state-issued I.D. card and to leave children and dogs at home.