An anxious crowd gathered at St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway again this morning and are currently in the fields surrounding an area where 20 year old Brooke Naylor’s Chevy Malibu was found abandoned Sunday on the Ridgway/Eldorado blacktop. There were about 65 or so volunteers gathered today along with assistance from about a dozen UTV’s, a handful of horses, and some drones as well. There was a contingent from the Carmi area and also some familiar faces from Kentucky helping out in the search. As folks broke up into groups, Jc Tinsley for WROY/WRUL News visited with Illinois State Police Lieutenant of Investigations Ryan Shoemaker.
Searchers have been broken up into 5 groups. The 5 tracts they’re searching include “an area of farmland combined with draws, fence rows with small patches as woods” as described by the Lieutenant. The area is about 5 miles west of Route 1 off the Ridgway/Eldorado Blacktop. Shoemaker said there were some personal effects found yesterday that he says belong to Naylor, but stopped short of identifying anything specific.