FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Roughly 150 volunteers searched in small teams in Fairfield and other surrounding communities as part of a massive search to find a missing Fairfield woman.
"If it were one of my children that were missing I hope that people would turn out to help me," said Angie Dunaway of Green Township.
Dunaway was a member of a team that walked along Eaton Road in Hamilton Thursday afternoon.
Dunaway said she felt compelled to come out and search.
"We need to get this done."
"I came out here right after work. I worked third shift and then came straight here," said David Shack.
Shack is a Lincoln Heights police officer who lead the group that Dunaway was a part of Thursday.
"It's important for people to come out. What if it was their family member that was missing?" said Shack.
Earlier in the day people lined up at the Fairfield West Baptist Church to participate in the search for Katelyn Markham coordinated by a national search group called Texas EquuSearch.
Founder of Texas Equusearch, Tim Miller, spoke to the crowd before they broke off into groups and asked the volunteers to be careful, to stay together and to use common sense in the search process.
"I have a great amount of respect for everyone who has searched so far but it's good that there is more planning so if a piece of ground is covered move on," said Dave Markham Katelyn's father.
Search coordinator, Dave Rader, instructed team leaders to take smaller groups to specific mapped areas for searching.
The search will follow a process where volunteer will go into staked-off sections of a wooded area and then enter the area in a line. The volunteers will walk directly into the woods for about 25 to 30 feet, then turn around and go back the same way. Rader told team leaders to consider the search as looking for a contact lens.
If anyone finds anything suspicious that requires a second look, they are to yell, "Halt" and get the team leader to come for further inspection.
Dave Markham told 9 News that Miller asked him to stay behind. Markham said that, during a previous search he had been a part of, his mind wandered to the point of distraction.
"I could have walked over her phone and I wouldn't have noticed," said Markham.
The crowd of about 150 people Thursday was more than organizers predicted. They had about 40 locations scouted out for searching. While the teams are out searching the first and second locations, Rader says he plans to scout out new spots for additional searches later in the day.
Each team is equipped with cases of water, much of it donated from the Sharonville McDonald's restaurant. Other groups are bringing in snacks for the teams.
Miller said he's very impressed with the number of people who are helping in the search.
"This is very good for a Thursday," said Miller.
Miller and Rader told 9 News that they will have sites for searchers to target on Friday but that they are trying to find more land to search for an anticipated larger group on Saturday.
Searchers will be welcomed back at the command center Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.
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