DUNCAN, Okla. (KSWO) – Oklahoma City Metro Search and Rescue is wrapping up its search for a missing Duncan woman this weekend.
Before the professionals leave, they train the citizens to search for 84-year-old Margie Pickens, who disappeared more than a month ago.
The OKC Metro SAR team leaves Duncan, but some Duncan residents refuse to rest.
“We will search endlessly,” said volunteer Kathy Bingham. “We will leave no stone unturned.”
There will now be a local certified search and rescue team in Duncan.
“Until we get some sort of confirmation, in a way, in a way, the team that we’re building here – we’re not going to let that go,” Bingham said.
Bingham and other Duncan residents are teaming up with Tracy Gann, who organized the first volunteer search party for Pickens late last month.
In light of this case, they saw a need in their community.
“We’re going to be trained in CPR, wilderness, FEMA, all of it,” Gann said. “It will give us a head start to get out and start searching immediately instead of having to wait a long time.”
According to state research coordinator Brian Smith, this need is critical.
“The police department in Duncan, or any other small rural community, can’t pull five officers off the street to pick up one person,” Smith said.
Bingham and Gann want to prevent something like this from happening again.
“When tragedy strikes, like this situation, it took two weeks before the team was even called,” Bingham said.
They also want answers for Pickens’ family.
“For the sake of the family, I hope and pray that we find her and that they are able to put something to rest by at least knowing one way or another where she is,” Gann said.
After his disappearance for so long, many are beginning to seek closure.
“If she is deceased, take her home, give her a final resting place so her family members can come and visit,” Smith said.
She is known to wear winter clothes and is said to have fled east of Duncan based on recovered text messages. If you see Pickens or have any information, you are urged to call 911.
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