Brad Messer Commentary
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

 

Heidi Search Center Searching for Support

Next Tuesday will be the 13th anniversary of the disappearance of 12-year-old Heidi Seeman. Her kidnapping stunned stunned San Antonio. Three weeks later (8/23/1990) it happened again: 7-year-old Erica Botello disappeared.

As part of the huge effort to find the abducted children, volunteers created the Heidi Search Center. Their effort was great, but on August 26 of 1990, the bodies of both girls were found— murdered.

The Heidi Search Center has survived as a volunteer group. But now, after thirteen years in existence, the Heidi Search Center could possibly be on the verge of going out of existence. Volunteer Vanessa Tate, the president, is quoted in the San Antonio Express-News saying, "I don't know what we are going to do!" and fretting about local support drying up after 9-11.

The Heidi Center has helped look for 239 missing people. There has been a persistent rumor that they never found anyone. That's absolutely wrong. Of 239, the Center has located 228— 220 of them alive.

Now the Heidi Search Center is searching desperately for local support.. money and services. If you're in a position to help, this would be a wonderful time to let them know. The phone number is 650-0428.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.


July 29, 2003 - San Antonio Express-News
Heidi Search Center seeks way out of funding crunch

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