Authorities Search Wooded Area For Kara Kopetsky 4-07-2010 - KCTV5

Authorities Search Wooded Area For Kara Kopetsky 4-07-2010

Federal and local officials searched a wooded area near Belton on Wednesday looking for missing teen Kara Kopetsky.
Kopetsky went missing from Belton on May 4, 2007, and was last seen at Belton High School.
FBI officials confirmed that more than 200 FBI agents, Belton police, Cass County Sheriff's officers and U.S. Marines fanned out in lines and searched an area near 155th Street and N. Scott Road. There is no word on what prompted Wednesday's search.
"This is not new lead information, this area has been searched before, but not as thoroughly as it is being searched today," said FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton. "If you look outside it's gorgeous day. And what we have is proper conditions with the environment to conduct a more thorough search."
"As a mother, you just take it day by day," said Kopetsky's mother, Rhonda Beckford. "You get up every day and think maybe this day I will get answers."
Surveillance video of Kopetsky shows her at Belton High School on Nov. 4 and is the last evidence of her being seen.
"I take it (the search) as a hopeful sign they are still looking and still trying to find her," Beckford said.
The reward in the case is at $30,000.
Kopetsky's family will be conducting a walkathon on May 2 at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Tree Shopping Center in Belton.

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