How do you feel about the police telling people not to search for this baby on their own? Is it valid that they may get too much unrelated information, or should they be encouraging any help they can get? If your baby was missing would you just sit back and let the police search or would you check out anyplace you could think of on your own?
Ariel Courtland appeared calm and organized Friday night as she addressed a group of people who answered a Facebook appeal to help her look for her baby daughter — missing since Wednesday. Courtland said she spoke to the baby’s alleged abductor, Sean Michael Phillips who indicated to her about 5:15 p.m. Friday that the baby is still alive.
“He told me she is alive,” Courtland told the Daily News in the Subway parking lot on U.S. 10 late Friday night — across the street and not far from the last place Phillips was seen Wednesday, Wendy’s restaurant, before police found him and apprehended him at his parents’ Millerton Road property. Courtland said that she has been told by authorities not to look for the child, but she has grown tired of waiting.
“I’m doing what I need to do to find my kid,” she said.
Courtland told the group — which consisted of friends and other volunteers she didn’t know — to look anywhere Phillips could have gotten in the short time between when she saw him with Kate and when he was located at his parents’ house without her. Courtland said it was only about an hour and a half time period Wednesday afternoon.
Police in northern Michigan are asking people to stop their own searches for a missing baby.
Ludington Police say officers from several agencies are following up on tips and conducting a professional search for 4-month old Katherine Phillips.
Investigators say they understand people want to help, but some self-initiated searches have been a distraction. They say that is because people have reported material not connected to the investigation.
They ARE asking for volunteers for their own organized search.
Police are seeking volunteers to help search of the area of the Ludington Area Schools’ school forest and the Leviathan Disc Golf Course. The search is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. today. Investigators are asking volunteers to come to the parking lot of the disc golf course on the west side of Jebavy Drive. The search will progress west from that location and then systematically double back until that entire area has been covered.