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Renewed search underway for girl who went missing on Platte River

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 19:33:46-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — 139 days.

That’s how long 8-year-old Taries Price has been missing. On Tuesday, search efforts to find her body resumed near Schramm State Park.

Dozens of volunteers, searched along shorelines, riverbanks and in the water for Taries as family members stayed strong, holding onto their memories.

Latressa Price, Taries’ mom said, “She was mama bear, she took care of everyone, she has three brothers, three sisters... she lead the pack."

Marcus Ditchamn, of Nighthawk Search and Rescue, spearheaded Tuesday's search. It's one of dozens done by their organization and local law enforcement.

Ditchamn said “The river levels are so low now that she may be in those areas. She could be in the sand area, something could be sticking out. The pedestrian bridge is important to because that is where we got the cadaver hits from back in July until just recently.”

Water searches, drone searches as well as K9 searches were all a part of the effort.

Taries' dad, who is usually quiet, thanked everyone for coming out and asked for people to not take his lack of conversation for anything other than being totally and completely lost on how to act and what to say.

Tarie’s mom shared with us her hope for finally finding her daughter.

“We have mixed feelings but we are ready to move forward and get closure,” she said. “I don't see Taries as gone. She's right here with me and she's telling me, ‘Be strong momma and we are going to get it done today.' It's the day Taries is coming home.”

The search will continue Wednesday morning. If you want to lend a hand, they ask that you first attend a safety meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Gretna at 9 a.m.

Vests, name tags, two-way radios as well as instructions on what ground to cover will be given out at that time.