Boaters Search Ohio River for Missing Hardin County Woman
ROSICLARE -- It's now been one week since 39-year-old Chrissy Williams was reported missing near Rosiclare. Family members say she was last seen leaving a friend's home around nine last Monday night. Now hundreds of volunteers have been trying to find her, despite the icy roads and freezing temperatures. Her sister Tami says the family is clinging to a little hope, but feels the situation is getting bleaker each day as search crews find no clues.
This is not how Tami imagined her Christmas holiday season would start. Instead of going Christmas shopping with her sister Chrissy, she is frantically trying to find her.
"Her vehicle has completely disappeared too. We can't find it," explains Tami. "Her vehicle, the license plates are in the national leads database. If it gets pulled over in Texas, we're going to know about it, but we haven't had any leads on her vehicle or her."
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is now working with the Illinois State Police, using air support and boats to find Chrissy.
Johnson County Deputy Cyle Harner is using his time off to help search the Ohio river.
"It's just something that I feel like needed to be done. If I can help people out, that's why I became a deputy. So I'm just trying to help," he says.
Harner and his friend spent hours running a sonar along a grid route, beneath the murky waters. They circled the area near the site where Chrissy was last seen in Rosiclare, but with no luck.
"That's it for today. I'll have to see if we're going to come back out tomorrow or not."
As search crews comb the icy river waters, hundreds of volunteers have been doing their own search on the ground and posting up fliers on businesses. Tami insists someone knows something about what happened to Chrissy and is hoping they come forward with the information. She says they could really use some good news .
"The longer we search, it's getting hard because I know the probability of us finding her with the weather and everything, but we just want to bring her home," she explains.
Tami says they hope to have more boats on the water this week and a few more planes searching from above. Investigators with the sheriff's office and Illinois State Police would not comment on the search.
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