I(Patrick) was just down visiting a relative in Florida in early Nov. when we kept hearing on the news about a missing lady and her two children. The mother made several pleas for help, soooo being out of my search area and not really having gear I just took what I could and went over to help. Before I went, I had to think of what wild things were in Florida vs. WV. They have at least 4 poisonous snakes although I was told I wouldn’t have to worry about the coral snake unless I sat down in the woods. Others are cottonmouth (think I saw one of those going from one water hole to another), pigmy rattler, eastern diamond back, and copperhead that I knew of. They are also overpopulated with pythons or some very large snakes that got released. They also have alligators, lots of alligators and there’s lots of water in Florida for them to be in. There are also lots of wild boars, even a few of them were dead. Then there are a lot of briars too, guess they’re everywhere. They are different but they have them in clearings for right-of-ways and such, otherwise it’s basically jungle. I don’t know if they call it a jungle but it looks like one to me. All kinds of trees but mixed with lots of palmettos that you can’t get through. The big ones, you can lean under some branches and some branches you can step over but they’re THICK. Those palmetto leaves lying on the ground that’s not covered with something else could have snakes under them so it’s good to have a walking stick. I did but not my search stick, a make shift dowel rod. So equipment, you ask, I had a pair of boots, great, I had a compass app on my phone but don’t know where it went so I had to reload it. I was able to use the sun to know which way I was heading; at least I knew that without it. So I reloaded my compass app and that helped (great cell coverage). I had an old pack I use for rock hounding and I took it with snacks, water and a few other things. I had my spare search flashlight in the vehicle so I had that if I needed it.
The Sheriff’s department was leading a search but called it off. The Texas equine Search team was doing their own search. They have a very good record, I understand. They found the little child that was thrown away in a suitcase and the mother walked away free last year, you might have heard of that case. This time they were looking for a mother and her two children from Florida. Nobody down there was SAR Tech II but me. They used a method that would have problems walking over evidence called “leap frog method” that was interesting but not used by NASAR. They also don’t use any dogs that I know of according to the team leader. They use horses often and even have a drone. Unfortunately we were looking for bodies. He (the boyfriend) and father admitted killing the mother but not the children. He also would not tell anyone, including his preacher what he did with her, except they were all at the house when he got arrested for hitting her earlier. He also had made a comment that he’d feed her to the wild pigs. All of this info is public info already and you can read about it on the web. You can also read about another girlfriend that escaped his attempt to murder her with a plastic bag over her head. I rode along with another searcher and the mother’s friend to one of the search areas. That was interesting.
A “psychic” PI, freaked a searcher out due to such exactness (exactness except the exact location, they always miss those minor details). I guess the same “psychic” got mad because she reported that the little girl in the suitcase was in the general area where she told them to search and was suing someone for not listening.
We found interesting things of importance and the “Psychic” info. I wouldn’t be allowed to share since anyone can log on and read this but as fellow searchers if you’d like to help figure it all out, just ask. I learned from it and realized even more how great it is to be on such a great team with so many trained searchers that are so easy to get along with.