Volunteers Looking for Kayleah Wilson, Not Seen for Two Weeks

PHOTO Kayleah Wilson was last seen Sunday afternoon when she left her mom?s Greeley, Colo., home to go to a friend?s birthday party. Kayleah never returned.

Volunteers searched this weekend for any clue of what happened to a missing 12-year-old Colorado girl who vanished two weeks ago on her way to a friend's birthday party.

More than a hundred community members turned out Sunday to scour the area around Greeley, Colo., where Kayleah Wilson disappeared on March 28, said Bob Walcutt, executive director of The Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children, a Texas-based nonprofit organization called in by the girl's family to help.

"We're going to do whatever we can to find this young girl," Walcutt said.

Greeley police directed the search organizers to areas to look for any signs of Kayleah, Walcutt said.

As of 1 p.m., 118 people had turned out to help, and 94 of them were organized in 13 search teams, he said.

"As it is at the moment, we don't have any clear direction where she went, or who she went with," Walcutt said. "Right now we are just eliminating areas where she is not."

The search this weekend focused along roadways in ditches, bushes and around trees in the ranchland surrounding Greeley, which Walcutt admitted was not a hopeful sign for the girl.

"Once you start putting people out searching the edge of roads, it's a bad situation and that's where we are now," he said.

A smaller group turned out Saturday to search, but Walcutt said word of the effort spread and many more came out today.

Suzanne Little, from Commerce City, told ABC News Denver affiliate KMGH-TV that she decided to help because she had a niece who was abducted and murdered.

"This story kind of hit home," Little said.

Greeley bus driver Stuart Lawrence told KMGH-TV that as a member of the community he wanted to help.

"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.

"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," he said.

Kayleah was reported missing by her mother, April Wilson, when she never came home Sunday, March 28, from a birthday party that was supposed to end by 7 p.m.

Police, Mother: Kayleah Did Not Run Away

Police, who have said they have few leads, say Kayleah never made it to the birthday party.

"We do not believe Kayleah ran away. There is nothing to indicate she did," Sgt. Joe Tymkowych, a Greeley Police spokesman, said days after the girl disappeared. "We just haven't been able to come up with anything that indicates what may have happened."

Kayleah's mother, April Wilson, said that disappearing without calling or coming home is not typical of her daughter.

"She's never run away before," Wilson said. "I am worried she may be in danger because none of her friends have seen her, and it is like she just vanished, but that's not possible."

Kayleah, who is in sixth grade at Brentwood Middle School, was last seen wearing a white-and-pink shirt over a white tank top, blue jeans and white and red shoes. She is described as being 5 feet 1 inch, and approximately 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Wilson said her daughter left at 3:40 p.m. for the party, which was just a few blocks away.

"She walked over to the couch and said, 'I love you,' and 'I'll be home by 7,' and she walked out the door and that was it," Wilson said. "She had been talking about the party. She was really looking forward to it."

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