Hundreds of volunteers search for missing Hope Mills teen

Danielle Locklear disappeared March 11 and has not been seen or heard from since.
March 23, 2014 8:09:29 AM PDT
Hundreds of people came out to search for a missing Hope Mills girl Saturday morning. ABC11 crew on the scene estimates there were at least 1,000 people who showed up to try to find 15-year-old Danielle Locklear.

It was a huge turnout, comprised of family, friends, and even total strangers, including some members of local motorcycle club.

"One of my guys called me up yesterday and said they were gonna have a search party this morning, so just wanted to come out and show support and try to find Danielle," said volunteer Tromaine Smith.

One thing uniting everyone was the desire to find answers in the disappearance of Locklear. Investigators said she left her home in the Fox Meadows subdivision on the night of March 11 saying she was going up the street to a friend's home, but she never made it there.

"You know just to hear that your little sister is missing, as a big brother, you know a lot of things just went [through] my head, I keep trying to run scenarios, maybe what happened," said Donnie Locklear, Locklear's brother.

"...we're still holding on to hope, we know she's out there somewhere and hopefully we find a clue today," said Chena Papa, Locklear's aunt.

The FBI and local police spearheaded this weekend's search efforts, with officers even cluing volunteers in on specific items to keep an eye out for.

"We're also looking for a possible Pandora bracelet, everyone know what that is? We're looking for that and a Samsung cell phone," Officer Nats told the crowd.

The search itself was conducted in a wooded area behind Locklear's neighborhood. Volunteers were organized into groups assigned to carefully comb over designated zones.

Locklear's family says they do not believe the girl went anywhere willingly.

"Please, please, please, please, please, Danielle is extremely loved; she has a family that wants and misses her, please let her go. Anybody that knows anything, please, please go to authorities no matter how insignificant you think it may be," Papa said.

» Click here to see the FBI's page on Locklear's disappearance. «

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