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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Sister of missing Chrissy Williams asks owners of abandoned property to help

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  • Friends and family of Chrisandra "Chrissy" Williams continue the search for the missing 39-year-old Shawneetown resident.
    Williams disappeared on the night of Dec. 2, last seen leaving a Rosiclare residence after 9 p.m. Williams sister Tami Jackson says the police are continuing search efforts, but have no new information at this time. Jackson has established a Facebook page, "Hope for Chrissy" to help spread the word about her sister's disappearance.
    "We have a $1,000 reward out for any information on her," Jackson said. "We have been contacted on Facebook by a lot of psychics from all over the world about her. When you weed out the crazy ones, they all say about the same thing. That she is in an area of tall trees and wooden bridges, near a trail in the woods wrapped in a comforter or blanket the color of the ground or woods. They say that's why she hasn't been found. We think it sounds like the area around Iron Furnace."
    Jackson states that they have had a number of specialized private search units contact them. One company from Texas has offered the use of an aerial drone which could take high resolution pictures and cover 50 to 70,000 acres a day. Then a special search program on a computer could be used to search the pictures for a specific color, like the color of Williams' red SUV or the white shirt she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.
    Jackson also states that a couple has offered to search the river continually until Williams is located.
    "That's what they do, they have their own boat and equipment and have recovered over 80 bodies in their career," Jackson said.
    Another private search and rescue company, Jodi Powers Search and Rescue, from Madisonville, Ky., has offered their services. Jackson said in an interview on Tuesday that at this point, the family is not making decisions on how to proceed until Williams' son, Dustin Williams returns home after he graduates from Marine Basic Training on Jan. 10.
    Jackson says the two candlelight vigils held for her sister in Rosiclare and in Shawneetown were very well attended and people from all over Southern Illinois and the adjacent areas of Kentucky showed up including a number of local firefighters.
    Hardin County Sheriff's Office states that they are continuing the investigation and have conducted numerous searches both on foot and by boat. Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Jessica Fricker, said in a phone interview that the office has had a large amount of assistance in their efforts. Fricker stated that the FBI from the Marion and Springfield offices, Hardin County ESDA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources river units, Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, Livingston County, Ky., Sheriff's Office, the United States Coast Guard and area firefighters are all participating in the search.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We even had some of the kids from the Job Corps site in Morganfield, Ky., where Williams worked came over twice in buses," Jackson said.
    The Sheriff's Office has had offers of assistance from the Franklin County EMS Dive Team and from the Little Egypt Search and Rescue Team as well.
    "We have done two air searches and six river searches with sonar," Fricker said. "Nothing has been found."
    Jackson extends her appreciation to all who have donated their time or money to help search for her sister.
    "I'd like to ask anyone who has property in the area, especially if it has derelict buildings on it to search carefully for my sister. There are a lot of people that use trail cameras in the woods and I'd like to ask them to go over their pictures very carefully for anything, any image, that might help find my sister."
    Williams is described as 5-feet, 1-inch tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo on each foot and on her lower back. Her vehicle is a red or maroon 2011 Ford Escape.
    Anyone with information may contact one of the following:
    Hardin County Sheriff (618)-287-2271
    Gallatin County Sheriff (618)-269-3137
    Illinois State Police (618)-382-1911 or (618)-382-4606
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