EquuSearch Stops Search For Cori Baker and Angie Tucker

Saturday, December 1st 2007, 5:46 pm
By: News On 6

EquuSearch, a Texas based search group, withdrew from the search for Cori Baker on Saturday, five days after first embarking on the mission. Unless new leads in the case develop overnight, organized searches could end. The News On 6’s Dan Bewley reports on why EquuSearch is leaving town.

Clad in orange, Cori’s grandfather combs the countryside in desperate search attempts.

“Gets kind of numb and you just go and just search,” said Cori’s grandfather, Steve Nuckolls.

His 13-year-old granddaughter has been missing since early November. Cori Baker was last seen leaving her school three weeks ago with her sister's boyfriend, Marquis Bullock. The 18-year-old is in police custody awaiting his arraignment. Bullock was scheduled to be arraigned Friday, but was delayed. Police say he'll remain in jail until a hearing December 14. Police believe he killed Cori and dumped her body somewhere.

“We need lots of people out searching. We're not getting near the numbers that we were,” said Steve Nuckolls. “We've got horses, ATV's out today, we've got more today than we have in a long time, we need more.”

At the search command center, a snapshot of Cori's life is the focus; showing volunteers why their sacrifice is needed. A report card is shown where her teacher says Cori's doing a wonderful job. There is a note from Cori herself; talking about a cute boy.

At the same command center, there are pictures of another face, another missing person. Angie Tucker, a 34-year old mother of two, has been missing longer than Cori Baker. Angie Tucker was last seen leaving her house on Apache and Yale. Police suspect foul play, but EquuSearch’s Cindy Wisdom says her story hasn't been told as much as Cori's. Her family, like the Baker’s, says they have no plans to stop searching.

“She's just as valuable as anyone else out there,” said Cindy Wisdom of EquuSearch. “She deserves people looking for her.”

Searchers have marked and gridded their way across the county looking for the two missing people. Organizer Cindy Wisdom says it may be time for EquuSearch to return to Texas.

“Usually that comes when you've exhausted every logical avenue,” said Cindy Wisdom.

“Are you there yet?” asked The News On 6’s Dan Bewley.

“I am, I will be by the end of the day,” replied Cindy Wisdom.

Cori's grandfather continues to hold on, hoping for a miracle.

“I don't think we'll ever quit. Her father and the rest of the family, they've been out here and it's rough,” said Steve Nuckolls.

Watch the video: Search Team Wraps Hunt For Cori Baker

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