Volunteers Looking for Kayleah Wilson, Not Seen for Two Weeks

Kayleah Wilson was last seen two weeks ago leaving for a birthday party.

ByABC News
March 31, 2010, 12:35 PM

April 11, 2010 — -- 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.