BUSTI - Three suspicious sites found during the community search for Corrie Anderson this past weekend have not yielded answers to help find the missing Busti mother.
Ms. Anderson was last seen at about 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2008, when she visited her boyfriend, Mike Samuelson, at the Lake County Dodge dealership on Washington Street in Jamestown.
Her mother reported her missing about 3:45 p.m. that day, when Corrie failed to show up at her son Zack's school for a meeting.
A suspicious-looking mound found during the community search led by 3 View Search Services on Saturday. The spot was marked and police were called to investigate.
Submitted photo by David Lohr
The same mound following a state police investigation.
P-J photo by Robert Rizzuto
More than 200 people showed up in Ashville on Saturday to assist 3 View Search Services as they arrived as a last-minute replacement for Texas EquuSearch, which suddenly pulled out of the operation less than a week before the scheduled date.
''We are frustrated and disappointed that we didn't find the clues we wanted to, but (we are) hopeful that when we return and conduct a search our way, things will be different,'' said Mandy Albritton, family liaison for 3 View Search Services. ''We will come back this Saturday and begin aerial imaging and using other technologies all designed to help with this kind of situation. We have been invited back by the state police and are happy to be working with them.''
SUSPICIOUS SITES UNVEIL LITTLE
According to David Lohr, a member of 3 View Search Services, search groups identified three suspicious sites on Saturday and called in the authorities to investigate.
''They were all unusual mounds of earth - two were in Pennsylvania and the other was in New York,'' Lohr said. ''With the one in New York, the land owner said he had never seen it before and then the cadaver dogs hit on the spot, so we had good reason to believe it was something that needed to be looked at by police.''
New York and Pennsylvania state police were called to investigate the sites, and although both agencies worked to excavate and clear the areas for possible evidence, it appears as if nothing of substance was found.
''We have some stuff being processed but at this time, it doesn't appear to be anything overwhelming,'' said Greg Holt, investigator with the New York State Police. ''The group did search and clear a lot of areas though, and that was very beneficial to us.''
Ms. Albritton said that her group is constantly speaking with local authorities about the case and keeping them informed about their planned operations, which has created a healthy working relationship.
''When we return, we won't be rushed like we were when we stepped up last week at the last minute to help the family,'' she said. ''We will come in and do a search our way, and rest assured, we will do anything we can to help Corrie's family bring this horrible chapter to a close. The community has been so compassionate and helpful to the family and we can't say enough kind things about them. We are committed to this case.''
Holt said that the state police are still actively investigating the case and following up new leads every day.
''We're moving forward with this case, but it's a slow and long process, more so than anyone likes,'' he said. ''We are still hopeful that we will be able to first find Corrie and bring whoever is responsible to justice.''
Ms. Anderson's family is offering a $15,000 reward for information about her whereabouts or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance. The money is in addition to the rewards being offered by local CrimeStoppers agencies.
Anyone with any information about Ms. Anderson's disappearance or her whereabouts is asked to call the New York State Police at 665-3113, the Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers at 856-5600, or the Warren County, Pa. Crime Stoppers at 800-83-CRIME (27463). All calls will be kept confidential and rewards can be collected anonymously.
For more information, visit www.findcorrie.com.