Posted on 23. May, 2013 by smckinney.
Dear Friends of Texas EquuSearch,
Our mission is to assist families in finding their missing loved ones but now it is Texas EquuSearch who needs your help. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, we depend on the generosity of supporters like you to fund our search efforts.
We are at a critical crossroad if we are to continue our service. We are in urgent need of immediate funding for day-to-day operating expenses related to our many search missions.
Normally, our annual fundraiser covers these expenses, however, with an amazing increase in demand for our services, this past year’s fundraiser did not take place.
We ask now that you donate anything you can as every dollar makes a difference in our search for a missing loved one. There are several easy ways found here to make a tax-deductible donation.
The dedication of the volunteers you will be funding has resulted in more than 1,350 searches throughout the United States and beyond.
Our efforts have returned more than 300 missing people safely home to their families. Included in that number is Stephanie Phillips, a four-month-old who just recently was returned to her family’s arms. We have also recovered the remains of 160 missing loved ones, bringing closure to many grieving families.
I started Texas EquuSearch as a result of losing my own daughter, Laura, to abduction and murder. I know firsthand what this service means to those with missing loved ones who have nowhere to turn.
Thank you for your generosity on behalf of all of those families who desperately need our assistance. I encourage you to find out more about us by looking at our website or feel free to call me at (877) 270-9500 if you have any questions.
Founder and Director
Texas EquuSearch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded solely by donations from individuals and grants from organizations.
Wade White, a long-time member and supporter of Texas EquuSearch, lost his brother to a long-standing illness. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Wade, his entire family and the friends of Larry. He will be missed by many people. Please keep Wade and his family in your prayers during this very difficult time. Thank you so much.
Posted on 28. Apr, 2013 by smckinney.
IF YOU PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED FOR THE APRIL 13, 2013 CLASS, YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN — SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:
04/22/13 — Texas Equusearch will be holding a New Member Orientation/Training for new members and/or current members who have not previously attended an orientation class, and we invite you to attend. This training is important and the content is mandatory for all members who are new or current members who have not already attended an Orientation/Training. We will have another class in a few months for those that cannot attend this Orientation/Training. Similar classes are planned for Florida and Ohio, and they will also be posted on the website. If you are a new member, please make every effort to attend this class. The Orientation/Training will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Knights of Columbus in Dickinson, TX, located at 4132 27th St., Dickinson, TX 77539 (see map below). The Orientation/Training will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The instructors will be Eddie and Nova Arguijo, Ron Overman, Carolyn Keane and Jack Boggess. The afternoon portion will be a field exercise, so please wear appropriate search clothing and shoes. If you are going to be an ATV searcher, please do not bring it to training — you will be shown fundamentals only at training. We encourage everyone to bring a sack lunch so no one is late for the field training, which is also required. There are plenty of fast food restaurants in the immediate area if you prefer, but you must be on time to the field exercise, which we will be doing at the Texas EquuSearch office — located just down the street from the Knights of Columbus Hall.
If you plan to attend the Orientation/Training, please register by contacting Sherry McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is for Texas EquuSearch Members only, but if you are not a member, you can join now. Additionally, you can bring your completed Membership Application, along with your annual dues in the amount of $25.00 to the training. You will still need to register with our office, either by email to Sherry or calling the office. Please let her know if you are going to join and bring your Application with you to the training. We encourage anyone who is interested in joining, please download the Membership Application off of our website. Alternatively, if you have any questions about our organization, please call our office at (281) 309-9500 and Sherry will answer any questions you may have, and email the Membership Application to you.
Map to the Knights of Columbus Hall:
Posted on 27. Apr, 2013 by smckinney.
04/30/13 — The Ohio Chapter of Texas Equusearch will be holding a membership/new member orientation meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The location of the meeting is Springhill Suites by Marriott, 12001 Chase Plaza Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45240. All existing members along with any new members are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Bommer, Administrative Coordinator at (513) 616-3546 or Dave Rader, Search Coordinator/Ohio Chapter Director at (513) 407-2018.
Posted on 20. May, 2013 by narguijo.
05/20/13 — It is with heavy hearts that we have to report the remains of Sidney Randall have been located and positively identified. Please keep Sidney’s family and friends in your prayers during this tragic time. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who traveled and/or live in the area and assisted in the search for Sidney.
03/26/13 — The search for Sidney Randall has been suspended at this time. Please continue to keep her family and friends in your prayers.
03/21/13 — Due to inclement weather conditions, we will not be searching on Friday, March 22, 2013. We will pick back up on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
03/17/13 – We are holding a search for Sidney Randall starting Tuesday, March 19th at the Walnut Ridge Community Center; 504 Southern Avenue, Walnut Ridge AR, at 9:00 am. The search will continue through the weekend with start times at 8:00 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Searchers must be 18 years old, with a picture id, and dressed in proper search attire. ATV and foot searchers are needed. Your search coordinator is Dave Rader and can be reached at (513) 407-2018.
03/15/13 — Sidney Randall, age 14, was last seen on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Sidney was last seen wearing a brown Aeropostale jacket. The prime suspect in her disappearance, John Cornell, was found dead 03/11/13 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near his Red 2000 Ford Ranger (Arkansas plate # 271 RDT) parked on a field off Lawrence 438 in the Walnut Ridge area. If you have any information, please call the Walnut Ridge, AR Police Department at (870) 886-3568 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
For news coverage on this case, see links below:
For a downloadable poster, click here.
Posted on 20. May, 2013 by smckinney.
Ken DeFoor, who serves Texas EquuSearch as a Search Coordinator and member of the Board of Directors was honored with a Community Service Award at the April meeting of the Libertad Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Mr. Defoor has spent many years giving back to the community following retirement from 50-plus years [...]
Posted on 19. May, 2013 by smckinney.
05/20/13 — We are happy to report that Jonathan Schoenike has been found safe. He is receiving medical attention at this time, but is expected to make a full recovery. Please keep Mr. Schoenike, his family and friends in your prayers. 05/18/13 — 52 year-old Jonathan Schoenike was last seen on the morning of May [...]
Posted on 15. May, 2013 by smckinney.
05/15/13 — We are very happy to report that Wanza Tyrone King has been located safe. He is in need of medical attention — please keep Wanza, his friends and family in your prayers during his recovery. Thank you so much. 05/15/13 — Wanza Tyrone King, age 55, is missing from Houston, TX. It is [...]
Posted on 14. May, 2013 by smckinney.
05/15/13 — (Updated information) — Alexandria (Ali), age 16, was last seen on Monday, April 26, 2010 around 3:00 p.m. near Low Ridge Rd. & Treaschwig in Spring, TX. Ali was last seen wearing a black hoodie, white shirt, black & white checkered skinny jeans, and all black tennis shoes (skater style), she was carrying [...]
Posted on 12. May, 2013 by smckinney.
05/12/13 — Omar Linares has been found safe. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who interrupted their Mother’s Day holiday to assist in this search. 05/12/13 — Attention all volunteers, we have an immediate need for all atv & foot searchers. We are looking for a 24 yr. old male, Omar Linares. [...]
Miracles do Happen! Found Safe after Nearly a Decade: Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, and Michele Knight
Posted on 07. May, 2013 by smckinney.
05/07/13 — It’s not very often that we can report on a case as miraculous as this one. We were advised yesterday that Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michele Knight have all been found alive after being missing for nearly a decade. All three were found safe in Ohio, and have been reunited with their families. They were [...]
Posted on 29. Apr, 2013 by smckinney.
05/02/13 — We are very sad to report that the remains recently discovered have been positively identified as those of Barbara Parchem. We would like to acknowledge the wonderful work done by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office on this case. Additionally, we would like to thank all of our volunteers from our Florida Chapter [...]
Posted on 27. Apr, 2013 by smckinney.
04/27/13 — We are very sad to report that the body found in Lake Travis this week has been positively identified as Shameka McGrifff. The individual who confessed to her killing later committed suicide. Please keep Shameka’s family and friends in your prayers at their time of grief. For news stories on this case, see [...]
Posted on 27. Apr, 2013 by smckinney.
04/27/13 — It is with very heavy hearts that we have to report the remains located last month have been positively identified as those of Hailey Dunn. Please keep Hailey’s family and friends in your prayers at this time. Additionally, we pray that Hailey gets justice and whoever is responsible for her death is found [...]
Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by smckinney.
Family and friends of Alexandria “Ali” Lowitzer to mark the 3rd anniversary of her disappearance with a butterfly release at the bus stop where the Spring, TX teenager was last seen. On April 26, 2010, around 3:00 p.m., Ali spoke with her mom, got off her school bus and excitedly headed toward her after school [...]