The largest ground search yet in the month-long disappearance of a Shawneetown woman is planned for Saturday, the missing woman’s sister said.
Tami Jackson does not know how many people are expected to volunteer for the search for her sister, Chrisandra “Chrissy” Williams, who is believed to have been last seen Dec. 2 leaving a home in Rosiclare.
But by utilizing a non-profit search group from Madisonville, Ky., to organize the search, Jackson is hopeful more territory can be covered. The group is Jodi Powers Search and Rescue Technologies.
Much of the area that has been and will be searched is in the Shawnee National Forest along roadways from Rosiclare.
Local authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, have also been looking, but Jackson said only access points along the Mississippi River have been searched. More searches in the river are anticipated, Jackson said.
Jackson said she believes her 39-year-old sister is still in the area, but that bad weather has curtailed efforts to find her or her vehicle.
Other than two brief trips, “she’s never left this area,” Jackson said. “She’s never gone without talking to a friend or a family member for more than three or four days. Someone has always heard from her.”
Williams was living with her mother in Shawneetown at the time of her disappearance.
Williams is described as being 5-foot-1 and 120 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on each foot and one on her lower back.
Her vehicle was a dark red 2011 Ford Escape with an Illinois license plate number of 1189917.
Although Jackson does not know why Williams went missing, she and other relatives picketed the Shawneetown Police Department on Wednesday claiming authorities did not respond to her complaint of threats against her days before she disappeared.
Shawneetown Police Chief Bob Boon took exception with the family’s claim. He said he had no knowledge of Williams coming to the department before she went missing.
“We’ve arrested more people for domestic in this town than the rest of the county,” Boon said. One of those arrests was in May of a man Williams used to date, but she later asked for charges to be dropped.
He said his department has been looking for Williams daily.
Police have questioned the person who allegedly made the threat as well as those who might have last seen her, Jackson said.