Search goes on for missing Pearland woman

February 10, 2009 5:00:40 PM PST
Volunteers were on the ground Tuesday, hoping to find any clue that may bring Susana DeJesus home alive. It's been a little more than a week now since she was abducted at gunpoint in Pearland. [AUDIO: Hear the 911 call from after the alleged abduction]

Volunteers don't have specific information that would lead them in any particular direction. With so much potential ground to cover between the area where the abduction happened and the area where DeJesus's vehicle was covered, they had to start somewhere.

By mid-morning, the Laura Recovery Center had its command center in place and the volunteers began to trickle in.

"I've been seeing it on TV and I'm retired and just wanted to help out," said volunteer Ken Malcom.

Malcom is among a handful of volunteers joining the search for DeJesus, who was abducted at gunpoint outside the clothing store where she worked. The 37-year-old has been missing now for a week.

"We're working off the edge of the roads, streets, byways, pathways, bayous, any place where she might have been dumped and abandoned," said Bob Walcutt with the Laura Recovery Center.

Volunteers huddled around organizers like players would do for their coach.

Armed with determination, the searchers soon found themselves scouring some thick brush near Tom Bass Park off Cullen Boulevard in south Harris County, a couple of miles from where DeJesus was abducted last Monday night. While searchers say it's like looking for a needle in a haystack, their initiative speaks volumes about the case and how the missing 37-year-old has touched so many lives.

"I just think it's important for the community to come together because you never know, it could be your sister, your brother, a neighbor," said volunteer Nellie Gonzalez. "I think it's nice that other people show they care."

The investigation into her abduction continues. Investigators say they're still poring over leads.

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