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National search team takes on Kara Tingle Rigdon case

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Founding director will give $5,000 reward for information regarding this case

By Stevie Lowery

Texas EquuSearch, the national group that led the search for Caylee Anthony, has taken on the Kara Tingle Rigdon case.

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Rigdon has been missing since July 17, 2010, but Tim Miller, founding director of Texas EquuSearch, said he believes he and his search team can help give some closure to Kara’s family.

“We're working hand in hand with Kentucky State Police,” Miller said during an interview with the Enterprise Tuesday, July 26. “I believe if you get a bunch of people working together for the right reasons there's a chance we'll get the right results. I know if nothing is done, there is no chance she'll be found. If every resource in the world is brought in, there's probably a small chance. But, ya know what, we're willing to take the small chance.”

Miller said it will take two to three weeks to get a plan together and then he plans to return to Marion County with his team of volunteers. Texas EquuSearch has 1,400 members nationwide.

“It's not the idea of if the search is going to happen, it's when it's going to happen,” he said. “It's a promise to the family. It's a promise to this community. We're going to do everything we can do to bring some closure to this.”

Miller said that if anyone has any information out there EquuSearch is willing to give a $5,000 reward.

“They can call our office,” he said. “They can tell us where to go search, and we'll go.”

And, if the search team isn’t successful when they return to Marion County, they will try again, he said.

“If we come up empty handed the first time, that doesn't mean the search is over… These people that don’t have a voice, once and a while we can be their own voice. We’re going to be the support for Sheila (Kara’s mother), this family and this community.”

If anyone has any information about Kara, call the Texas EquuSearch Team toll free at 1 (877) 270-9500 or (281) 309-9500. You can also call the Kentucky State Police at 1 (800) 222-5555. Detective Jamie Richard of the Kentucky State Police is in charge of the investigation. Tips can be made anonymously.

For more on this story, see next week’s issue of The Lebanon Enterprise.

To read more about Texas EquuSearch, go to texasequusearch.org.