Volunteers needed in search for two missing Horry County women
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:41:12 GMT —
Search leaders are asking for volunteers from the community Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the search for Heather Elvis and Jamie Lynn Cross, who have both been reported missing out of Horry County, according to the Facebook pages created after the women went missing.
Volunteers are needed starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Tidewater Road off of Highway 501.
Search leaders say they're concerned about the safety of people who show up for a search.
Leaders from the CUE Center for Missing Persons say they have been inundated with calls from people who want to help and the center now has enough support staff on site to lead search teams.
But organizers say search volunteers should show up properly attired for the rough terrain and cold weather, and be ready to work all day.
"What we experience is a lot of people come out, they'll show up late, which is 10 or 11 o'clock, they eat lunch and then they want to leave and that interferes in us trying to put teams together," said CUE Center director Monica Caison.
Caison says search team leaders are well trained and certified in search techniques.
She says community volunteers have lots of enthusiasm, but no experience and will often show up wearing sneakers instead of boots, or with health conditions that prevent them from walking long distances.
"We don't need searchers becoming victims. It's real important, so we show them how to look, what to look for, and what to do when they find it," said search team leader Kelly Walker.
Among the most devoted volunteers are family members of other missing persons, like the stepfather of Zachary Malinowski, 19, who disappeared last August.
"My stepson, Zach, he could protect himself. Zach was 6 foot 1, good strong guy. If he can go missing, believe me, anyone can go missing," said Lonnie Jordan.
The CUE Center is specifically asking for volunteers with horses or all terrain vehicles to show up, but they should be properly equipped with safety gear and supplies for the animals.
Caison says volunteers who can't walk long distances may be able to help with food or other assistance to the searchers.
Here is the link to the "Find Heather Elvis" Facebook page.
Here is the link to the "Find Jamie Cross" Facebook page. There is a more recent picture posted on the page for Cross.