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Searchers battle rain to search for Katelyn Markham


Despite rain and chilly temperatures, over a hundred volunteers turned out Thursday to search for Katelyn Markham.

Markham, 22, was reported missing on Aug. 14.

Texas EquuSearch organized Thursday's search after spending a few days regrouping and planning what to do next.

Some of the volunteers came from hundred of miles away.

Earlier this week, Jan and Alvin Tipps loaded up their van and connected their trailer to travel 26 hours from Texas to help find a woman they've never met.

"Tim (Miller, the founder of Texas EquuSearch) had been up here searching before and he called us Sunday and said, 'Are you all ready to go on a trip?' I said, 'Yep where are we going?'" said Jan Tipps.

The Tipps family is just one of several Texas EquuSearch volunteers who made the trip to Fairfield.

"We've been to over 14 states and several of them numerous times," said Jan. "We've been doing this 8 or 9 years and we are fortunate that we are retired and are able to do this."

The experience that the Tipps family brings is just what the search needs.

"Alvin and Jan are a wealth of information," said search coordinator Dave Rader. "When there is somebody that really doesn't have a direction, they'll step in and they'll give them the guidance that they need."

Thursday, volunteers covered dozens of locations around Fairfield.

"We had some very good areas cleared, we've used ATVs," said Rader. "The community has come through once again, they've gotten wet, they've gotten muddy."

But even with volunteers' hard work, there are still no signs of Katelyn.

"There is no boundaries right now, we still haven't found Katelyn," said Rader. "Whether we go all the way out to Lake Michigan, if that is what we have to do, then that's what we'll do."

Jan Tipps and so many other volunteers are committed to doing whatever it takes to bring Katelyn home...

"I need my angel to watch over me where ever I go," she said.

She wears a hat showing her dedication to searches all across the country.

"The only way we are going to find her is people out searching for her," she said.

Family and friends have brought in pieces of art work done by Katelyn, so many of these volunteers who haven't met Katelyn can get a little idea of who she is.

Another search is planned for Friday. Volunteers may begin showing up at Fairfield West Baptist Church beginning at 8 a.m. Searchers must be at least 18 years old and bring a photo ID.

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