Excerpt 4 – CH 1 – Part 3

Rachel took a deep breath and smiled into the camera. “The organization was started after my daughter, Mallory, disappeared several years ago.” She paused for a second. This was always the hardest part. Mallory was only three years old when she vanished and even though it had been five years ago, Rachel still felt a lump in her throat every time she thought about her precious little girl.

“I became frustrated with the lack of progress the local law enforcement was making. There are hundreds of people reported missing every day and not enough manpower to help with those cases.”

“What does Florida SearchQuest do for families of missing loved ones?” Ann inquired.

“We are a non-profit private search firm that has over twelve hundred volunteers from all professions including people who are trained in forensics.  We have more resources and equipment than most law enforcement agencies. That is why they routinely call us when there is a difficult missing person case.”

“So last Saturday you received a request from Palm Beach Sheriff’s office to help locate Casey.” Ann said. “How did you go about finding him?”

“After consulting Casey’s troop leader we narrowed down our search grid and started from his last known position. After an exhaustive fourteen hours we finally found Casey about seven miles from their campsite.”

“What was his condition when you found him?” Ann inquired.

“He was a little dehydrated and scratched up but otherwise in good shape. It was a successful recovery and a happy ending.”   

“That’s great to hear. We are all grateful for what you and everyone at Florida SearchQuest do for missing persons and their families. Thank you for sharing your story with us.”

“Thanks for having me,” Rachel replied.

Ann looked into the camera. “When we come back, we will talk to Casey and his mom from the hospital in Palm Beach County.”

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About Traci Hohenstein

Full time writer, beachbum, and mom to 3 terrific kids.
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