Two hundred seventy one volunteers performed 25 separate ground searches this weekend, all in an effort to find Ali Gilmore, a 30-year-old Tallahassee woman who's been missing since Feb. 3.
Some volunteers were local folks who owned trained search dogs.
"It's very meaningful knowing that we can perhaps help someone who's part of our own community, very meaningful," says Susan Goodhope, a local volunteer.
Other volunteers came from as far away as Pensacola and south Georgia.
Another volunteer, Dr. James Lopez, added, "Well, it can eliminate certain areas and then it brings some publicity, and then they get new evidence and then they can concentrate on other areas."
Search teams spent the daylight hours over the weekend combing through wooded areas in and around Tallahassee, but Sunday night after the last search was completed they gathered back together to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of Ali Gilmore.
"Like any family, no one ever wants to search for a body, but on the side, the family, we're very happy that we had a big turnout. You know, a lot of people from the community came out to volunteer to help us find our sister," said Attallah McLawrence, who is Ali Gilmore's sister.
Although Gilmore was not found, family members say they're not giving up hope. Now their search can be focused in other areas.
The Klaas Foundation organized the search efforts this weekend. They say they use statistics and information about Gilmore’s disappearance to determine where to conduct the searches.
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