WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Thursday, a search team with the Cue Center for Missing Persons searched through woods in the Wilmington area hoping to find clues about Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk's disappearance.
It's been almost three weeks since Vannewkirk was last seen walking out of The Husk in downtown Wilmington. Her friends and family have spent 19 days wondering where she is and what happened.
"We all love Shannon, and her family deserves to know what happened and we want to continue her search until we find out what happened," said Shannon's friend Joyce Fernando who joined Thursday's search. "You think about her all the time and you just feel like you have to do something, you have to be searching and you have to continue to find out what happened."
"The hardest part is not knowing [what happened]," said Shannon's brother, Shawn Dayton who came out on Thursday in hopes of finding some closure for his family.
"It's horrible, you can't sleep and when you do sleep you wake up and just have these bad thoughts in your head, it's just horrible," Dayton added.
Monica Caison with the Cue Center said this search is just one of many.
"We are just focusing on numerous areas in the Wilmington area that are wooded and known to us in the past," explained Caison.
She said Thursday's search area was necessary procedure, because it's a place where three other missing persons were discovered. Allison Jackson Foy, Angela Rothen and Priscilla Rogers were all found nearby.
"In any case of a missing person it is always normal procedure and always a good lesson and go back and search areas where you know people have already been found," Caison said. "It would be negligent if we didn't at least go back and look."
She said a search is always successful, because even if nothing is found it helps to narrow down areas where they need to look.
"Eventually you will get to the right place," Caison said. "Or information will develop from you being out and about."
According to police, Shannon is 5'5", 105 lbs. with brown eyes and dark brown hair.
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