BPD: Help us find her

Published 8:53 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016

* Please note the location of the briefing was changed to the JDCC campus.

Those wishing to lend a helping hand in locating missing Brewton teen Brooke Bridges will have their chance Saturday.

Police Chief Monte McGougin said an organized volunteer effort will be mounted beginning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Jefferson Davis Community College maintenance building.

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Bridges, 16, was last seen more than two weeks ago at her Cottage Hill Drive home. Since then, little headway has been made in the case. A massive search effort was centered around the area of Alco Park. Now, the plan is to widen that search to other wooded areas in and around Brewton, McGougin said.

“We are working to not leave any stone unturned,” McGougin said. “This search is one of those efforts, so we are asking anyone who wants to volunteer to come out and help.”

The grid-style search will be organized by the Klass Foundation for Children, McGougin said. A briefing will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday, he said.

“What we need now is local manpower,” McGougin said. “We’re going to concentrate on all wooded areas throughout the community.

“This is what we are asking of our volunteers,” he said. “First, please wear hunter orange or some other highly visibly color. The weather will be warm, so snake boots or other protective gear is encouraged. Bring water and snacks. ATVs or horses are welcome.

“We’re going to keep looking until we can’t find another place to search,” he said.
Volunteers are asked to pre-register for the search by visiting https://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/937954550092.

To date, police continue to work the case as a disappearance. Bridges reportedly left the family home wearing black sweatpants and spaghetti strap tank top, no shoes and no coat.

Anyone with any information – “No matter how small you think it is,” McGougin said – is asked to contact the BPD at 251.867.3214.