More than 20 family members, friends and strangers gathered at Oak Island Park in Wausau Sunday morning anxiously awaiting the first search of the season. All winter long the family has been following up on tips, scoping our search locations and distributing flyers all in hopes that Stephanie Low will be found alive.
Low disappeared in the early morning hours of October 10th, 2010. Investigators say she was talking on the phone with a friend when the call ended abruptly. She hasn't been seen or heard from since. But despite the length of time, family and friends are not giving up hope. Especially after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were all found alive in Cleveland after nearly a decade of captivity.
"If she's out there," Low's Mom Claudia Blake says, "I want her to see these. I mean it's very sad that those children had to watch their own searches and their own everything, but if she's out there and she's seeing this then she knows. Even if she's not seeing this she knows in her heart I will not give up. "
"We hold out hope. We hold out lots of hope," Low's Father's girlfriend Christine Reimer adds. "Lots of things can happen. For instance, the Ohio girls. I mean there was a big deal into that and hopefully our situation can turn out like that. But until then we need to keep looking."
Sunday the group scoured the woods and waterways along Rib River, looking for anything out of the ordinary. Their main goal was to rule the area out.
Last year, the family spent the summer searching the area around Carter Avenue in Schofield. This year, they are back focusing on Wausau following tips from other family members. Blake tells NewsChannel 7 that Sunday's search is only one of many they expect to do this summer.
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