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Organized Search For Missing Woman

Searchers from all over Texas have come to Longview this weekend to try to find a missing Brownsboro woman. It's been more than one month since Brandi Wells, 23, was last seen.  Wells went missing on the night of August 2nd.

Around 100 volunteers gathered at the Elk's Lodge in Longview this morning, studying maps of areas to search, to find any clues as to what happened to Wells.

"Not knowing is a difficult thing.  If nothing else, we need to find some kind of evidence, somewhere that will link us to finding her," said Brandi's aunt, Allie Cormier, who came from San Antonio for the search.

They started with a prayer.  Then, using search dogs and on foot, they searched wooded areas in Longview around the club she was last seen and several miles of the interstate.

"We're looking from the club where she was last seen all the way to I-20 where her car was found.  We hope to find something" said Cormier.

The search focused around the nightclub where Brandi was last seen.  Searchers are hoping to find anything that can tell them what happened. Volunteers came from as far away as Houston and San Antonio. Dozens of East Texans joined the search.

"Well, if it was my little girl I'd want as many people out there to volunteer too, just stepped up and wanted to help out," said Tyler volunteer Stephen Butler.

"Some of them don't even know us, but the fact that someone is in need and Longview has come to our aid, we're very very appreciative of that," said Cormier.

The organization Laura Recovery Group, a non-profit organization from south Texas, dedicated to finding missing persons, organized the search with family members.

If you'd like to help out, volunteers are set to meet again tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.  They're getting together at the Elk's Lodge on Eastman Road and Highway 80 in Longview. You can also call 903-330-1459.  

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.



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