Police search pond in Delaware County in connection to missing woman from March
Officials ask for information as leads run out
DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. — Authorities in Delaware County, Oklahoma follow a lead into a missing person case from March.
25-year-old Aubrey Dameron from Grove was last seen on March 9th.
On Thursday, they went back to where she was last seen to search a pond after a promising lead.
Officials drained the pond by about three feet, and then skimmed the pond, looking for any sign of Dameron.
Gayle Wells, a captain with the sheriff’s office, says a search party organized by her family earlier this month is what brought them back.
During the search party, four search dogs got hits on a tarp in a nearby shed, and four other dogs got hits at the pond.
“We found several items [in the pond]. An old flashlight, fishing real, plastic bag, but nothing related to the missing person,” says Wells.
News that Dameron’s Aunt Pamela Smith has mixed feelings about.
“Disappointed. But, a lot of mixed feelings with hope. That maybe she’s alive somewhere.”
Dameron was reported two days after going missing, but smith says authorities didn’t respond how she thought they would.
“Basically there was nothing done the first week because they believed she wasn’t a missing person due to her lifestyle,” explains Smith. “So that is hard. It’s hard to have a hundred percent trust in them following up with everything we send them. I wish that they would have taken her case seriously from the moment she was reported missing.”
And she says it gets harder every day to hold onto hope she’ll be found alive.
“As time goes on and professionals that we’ve worked with you know, told us that don’t expect to find her alive at this point because of the time that’s past. So, it’s hard. It’s a daily struggle,” says Smith.
Authorities have run out of leads, and are now asking anyone with information to come forward.
“We’ve looked a lot of places all over the county, and then we’ve had the help of the O.S.B.I. and other agencies. We’ve done everything that we can do to try to find a viable lead,” says Wells. “I know these people have a tremendous amount of trauma. If there’s anything that I could do to try to find [her] I would.”
But Smith knows one thing for certain.
“I’m not gonna stop searching for her,” says Smith.
Smith and other family members plan to finish draining the pond and searching on their own.
If you have any information in the disappearance or whereabouts of Dameron, you’re encouraged to contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 918-253-4531, the OSBI at 800-522-8017, or the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service at 918-207-3800.
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