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xx Texas Equusearch - Mounted Search & Recovery
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The Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team was started in August, 2000 with the purpose to provide Volunteer Horse Mounted Search and Recovery for Lost and Missing persons. The Team was started in the North Galveston County area because of the high incidence of missing persons in the largely undeveloped area of South Harris and North Galveston Counties. With this in mind, the team's existence and purpose are dedicated to the memory of Laura Miller, a young woman abducted and murdered in North Galveston County in 1984. Laura was the daughter of our director,Tim Miller. Our team is composed of volunteers of various experiences, but most are experienced horse owners.

We currently have approximately 250 + members and are growing rapidly. We are currently available to conduct searches state wide. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, which is funded solely by donations from team members and the surrounding communities.

You will find our organization to be compassionate, dedicated and professional. We believe that we can better ourselves by working together to help the community and people in need. Many of our members are trained in various rescue and life saving skills such as CPR, advanced lifesaving skills and field craft. Our members come from all walks of life. We have business owners, medics, firefighters, housewives, electricians and students on our team. Our resources range from horse and rider teams to foot searchers, water (divers, boats) air (planes, helicopters), dog teams (air scent, cadaver and tracking) and 4x4's. We have also utilized infared cameras in some of our searches.

Texas EquuSearch is a professional organization and we take notification of a missing person very seriously. If you are interested in volunteering with us, making a donation, learning more or, God forbid, you need our help, please contact us.

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xx Dutch Marines To Assist Texas EquuSearch In Aruba
« Reply #1 on: Jul 1st, 2005, 07:51am »

HOUSTON -- Dutch Marines will assist Texas EquuSearch Wednesday in their latest search of Aruba for a missing Alabama teen.

Natalee Holloway, 18, has been missing for more than four weeks. She disappeared May 30, the last day of a five-day trip with 124 fellow students to celebrate their high school graduation.
Natalee Holloway, 18, has been missing for more than four weeks. She disappeared May 30, the last day of a five-day trip with 124 fellow students to celebrate their high school graduation.
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xx Group May Give Up Search For Holloway
« Reply #2 on: Jul 11th, 2005, 8:34pm »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Members of a Texas volunteer search group who have spent nearly three weeks in Aruba may soon be heading home.
So far there's no sign of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.

On Monday, Joe Houston, with Texas EquuSearch, said members may leave Aruba this week because of a lack of leads.

Houston said six divers and nine land searchers have scoured Aruba's entire northern coast and parts of the southern and western shores.

There's still no trace of the 18-year-old honors student, who disappeared May 30 while on a trip with more than 120 fellow graduating seniors.

Joran van der Sloot, a 17-year-old who was with Holloway the last night she was seen in public, has been detained in connection with her disappearance

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xx East Texas Search Team Is Back From Aru & Recovery
« Reply #3 on: Jul 14th, 2005, 05:17am »

Five members of the East Texas Canine Search and Rescue team are back in Lufkin.

The group of trained volunteers just returned from Aruba, where they helped with the search for Natalee Holloway. Holloway turned up missing back in May, just hours before her scheduled flight back home to Alabama.

The team used ATVs to look for clues in the teenager's disappearance. They also covered much of the island on foot. After seven days, the crew came back to Lufkin, still not knowing what happened to Holloway.

The Aruba trip was the first time the East Texas Canine Search and Rescue team left the country to join a search. To find out how you can volunteer, call (936) 674-6926.
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xx Texas Search Team Returns From Aruba Sunday
« Reply #4 on: Jul 18th, 2005, 07:41am »

Volunteers from the Dickinson-based Texas EquuSearch team were scheduled to return to Texas Sunday after spending weeks searching for an Alabama teenager who disappeared while on a trip to Aruba.

Graduating high school senior Natalee Holloway, 18, was on a trip with dozens of classmates when she disappeared on May 30.

Texas EquuSearch director Tim Miller was in tears as he told reporters in Aruba that members want to feel in their hearts that they did everything they could to find the missing teen.

The volunteers had hoped their expertise and high tech gear would turn up evidence of what happened to the teenager, but the effort proved fruitless.

On Thursday, an appeals court in Aruba refused to release a 17-year-old who’s been held in connection with the disappearance, but the court also refused to order the re-arrest of
two brothers from Suriname who had also been held.

They were freed almost two weeks ago because of a lack of evidence.

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xx EquuSearch Running Out Of Money
« Reply #5 on: Dec 17th, 2005, 10:22pm »

HOUSTON -- A search group that is often the first call for help for those who have missing loved ones is worried about its future. Texas EquuSearch said Friday it is operating at a deficit of $60,000, KPRC Local 2 reported.

The non-profit group has conducted 107 searches for missing people this year.

The most recent case was solved Thursday when searchers found the body of 12-year-old Teketria Buggs in the Brazos River. She had been missing since Dec. 2.

EquuSearch's founder, Tim Miller, said it's a hard job, but it needs to be done.

"There's one thing worse than having a murdered child or loved one, and that's probably knowing they're dead someplace and never being able to say good-bye. It's totally impossible for these families to go through a healing process until they know," Miller said.

Miller knows that grief firsthand -- his daughter, Laura, was murdered and missing for 17 months until her body was found.

Searches can be expensive operations, including sonar equipment that costs thousands of dollars to rent for water searches.

Police credit the group's dedication in finding missing people.

"There's no way to calculate the importance of it. It's very critical," said Craig Brady, with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department.

While EquuSearch has been all over the world trying to provide closure and clear missing person cases, the future of the organization is in question.

"We're at a point where we're kind of scared. We're kind of worried that the finances are going to totally run out and we're not going to be able to do it anymore," Miller said.

He's still hoping for the best and remains dedicated to finding those missing.

"I've canceled several appointments that could have been possible funding because we get a call from a family member that says, 'We need you.' That's more important at the time," Miller said.

Anyone who would like to help Texas EquuSearch should call (281) 309-9500 or visit its Web site at www.texasequusearch.org.

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xx EquuSearch Founder Receives Note Alleged& Recovery
« Reply #6 on: Dec 27th, 2005, 9:51pm »

Letter Sent 5 Months After Death Of Murder Suspect

POSTED: 10:12 am CST December 22, 2005

HOUSTON -- Someone sent a chilling note to a Houston-are man who runs an organization that helps find missing people, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday.

Tim Miller founded Texas EquuSearch after his daughter, Laura, and three other missing girls were found murdered in League City in 1984.

The note Miller received, which was made up of words cut from newspapers and magazines, claimed to be from the last person to see Laura Miller alive.

Authorities and Miller said the letter could be a trick.

The letter was sent five months after the death of one of the murder suspects.

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xx Texas EquuSearch Expands Its Goals For Finding Mis
« Reply #7 on: Dec 20th, 2006, 08:09am »

Written By David Lohr

DICKINSON, Texas. (Crime Library) — Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Tim Miller, who is the founder and leader of Dickinson-based search and recovery team Texas EquuSearch. You may remember reading about them in an exclusive Crime Library article Katherine Ramsland wrote last year. EquuSearch is made up of over 350 members and they have been active in over 600 missing persons searches. In recent years they received national publicity for their active participation in the disappearances of Tara Grinstead, Natalee Holloway and Renee Fox.

"I don't know how to say no. I can't do it," Tim said. "When a family calls us we know they are desperate and I do everything in my power to help them. I've been in their shoes and I know what it's like."
Tim has first-hand experience when it comes to the loss of a loved one. In 1984, his 16-year-old daughter Laura disappeared. Her body was found 17 months later in a field.Hers was the forth body recovered from the same field since April 1984. Two of those bodies have never been identified and are called Jane and Janet Doe.

"Before Laura disappeared I never realized how many missing persons were out there." It was that realization, along with his own desire for justice, which led Miller to form Texas EquuSearch. "I discovered we could do something to help families in similar situations."

During my conversation with Tim, I asked him if it still bothered him that Laura's killer has never been caught. His response is typical of his big heart and willingness to help others.

"Nothing is worse than having a murdered child, but I can live with that. If I had my choice, if her killer could be found or if Jane and Janet Doe could be identified, I would want to know who those girls are. There is a family out there searching for them right now. Every time the phone rings or there is a knock on the door they jump, wondering if it is their missing loved one. They've never been able to say goodbye. Never been able to put their lives back together. I've been blessed. I can visit Laura at the cemetery whenever I want and sit and talk with her."

EquuSearch has had successful results in over 100 cases to date, however Tim is not even close to being satisfied. Not yet anyway.

"Right now we have a goal. We eventually want to have 500,000 volunteers nationwide, so that wherever there is a missing person, we can have someone there helping the family. I know a lot of law enforcement agencies get a lot flack when it comes to unsolved crimes. What people don't understand is in larger cities, such as Houston, you'll have hundreds of cases each month and maybe seven officers who can work all those cases on a full time basis. It is not that they do not care, it has to do with the fact that they simply don't have the resources to thoroughly investigate each case.

Tim is always on the move and seldom has time to recuperate from one search to the next.
"This job can be really stressful and emotionally draining," Gibson said. "These are real people with real tears. Even though we don't know these people, we feel a connection to them. We attend every funeral and the grieving process affects all of us."

Since their involvement in the search for Natalee Holloway, they have had even more requests coming in, which has put a strain on their already tight budget.
"Our bills have doubled in this past year alone. We are getting called on more and more searches, but we are working on the same funding. It is a real struggle just to stay afloat. A typical search could cost well over $3,500 and we pay those expenses out of pocket. We never charge the police or the families. For what we do we need a budget of around two million dollars a year and we are nowhere close to that right now."

For the last few months I have been in regular contact with Texas EquuSearch in regards to the mysterious murder of Terressa Vanegas. During that time I have come to know Tim and Barbara on a personal level and I must say these are extraordinary people. I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. They devote their lives to finding lost loved ones not only in Texas, but all around the world. That being said, I urge you to please help Texas EquuSearch continue to serve families of missing persons this holiday season by making a donation in memory of someone special. If you are unable to donate, please consider becoming a volunteer. They need your support to continue to provide their services to families in need.
"The more resources we have, the more people we can help and that's truly what we are about. We can make a difference." - Tim Miller

If you would like to help, please visit: http://www.texasequusearch.org

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