Posted: Oct 09, 2014 9:31 PM CDT Updated: Oct 09, 2014 9:34 PM CDT
“Look for clothing, look for bones, look for possibly even dried or weakened blood,” said Lt. Kelli Bailiff with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.
Bailiff recently received a national award for her work on missing children.
“We have actually found some people that have come forward with some evidence that has been located in some fields or some wooded areas,” she said.
The idea to target hunters for help came from the family of Branson Perry, who went missing from Skidmore, MO, 13 years ago.
“You always have to have hope that he still may be out there, but it doesn’t look good,” said Perry’s stepfather, Jim Klino, when he spoke to KCTV5 in 2012.
Hunters shopping at Cabela’s Thursday night said the idea should have been obvious, but it wasn’t to them.
“It’s not something that crosses my mind and I know out in the field sometimes you see things that don’t necessarily look right, but it’s never really something that I’ve put together that maybe that could be someone’s or of interest to someone,” Travis Hanson said.
“It definitely makes sense to me. I mean you’re out in the wilderness and you see articles of clothing just lying there you kind of, you’d think, ‘well it’s not mine so whose could it be?’” Chad Archibald said.
Bailiff said the best way to handle a discovery is to snap a photo with your phone, then step away, don’t touch it and contact law enforcement with a clear location.
“We don’t want them to become the detective. We want to them let us do the detective work,” Bailiff said.
A photo can be especially important, she said, in weather conditions where potential evidence could wash away before law enforcement can get to it.
A special website has been set up for people to submit a tip regarding the disappearance of Perry.
Community United Effort or CUE also has a website for missing persons.