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Volunteers to search for new evidence in Thomas Brown's disappearance

New search party organized to help find new evidence in the case of missing Canadian teenager (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)

A call for volunteers to help search for Thomas Brown of Canadian has been answered by more than 300 people expressing interest to help with search efforts. 19-year-old Thomas Brown has been missing since November 24, 2016. Klein Investigations & Consulting out of Nederland, Texas is organizing a new search party.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., ten teams of volunteers will join members of law enforcement agencies to search for new evidence.

“They sent out a Facebook page asking for people to search,” said Penny Meek, mother of Thomas Brown. “People interested in helping could apply through an email and those people were vetted by Klein Investigations.”

“They will brief everybody on the search location that they will be searching for and kind of go over some of the rules,” said Hemphill County Sheriff Nathan Lewis. “People who are volunteering will know what to expect and they will be looking for four to five hours for a search time on Saturday.”

Since Brown went missing, there have been a number of searches by law enforcement and by the community. Meek tells ABC 7 News she believes people from as far away as Amarillo and Lubbock have expressed interest in searching.

“Hopefully we can come up with something,” said Lewis. “We’re going to be searching for anything evidentiary and see what we can come up with to get a break on this case.”

“It’s good to just get the whole community together and involved,” said Mayor of Canadian Rob Talley. “We can keep this in the eye and in the mind of everybody. We’re just trying to do anything we can to make the family feel better about this situation.”

“For me I think it’s a win-win either way,” said Meek. “If they find evidence that’s great. If they don’t then I think there’s something to be gleaned from that, as well.”

Lewis re-iterates to date there is no named suspect in this case. He tells ABC 7 News that the Texas Rangers and the FBI are assisting the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office with this case.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Wagon Bridge Park in Hemphill County. Following a meeting they will scatter various sites which will not be announced until the day of the search to keep people from tampering with the land and possible evidence.


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