Tuesday, October 20, 2009
PUBLIC INFORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release
October 20, 2009
Contact: Mary Justino, CCSO PIO, 904-591-4607
The investigation into the disappearance of seven year old Somer Renee Thompson continues at this hour. Somer is a resident of 1706 Horton Drive in Orange Park, Florida. She disappeared yesterday on her way home from school. More than one hundred law enforcement officers are meeting at this time at the operation command post to regroup and head out on new searches in the area, mainly in wooded areas in and around the Grove Park neighborhood of Orange Park. In addition, detectives expanded the area in which they are locating and verifying registered sex offenders and predators. We have now covered a five mile radius.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office established two points of contact for anyone who has information that may be helpful in our effort to locate Somer Thompson.
By phone: 1-877-227-6911
By Email: CART@claysheriff.com
CART stands for Child Abduction Response Team. This group has been activated and allows our agency access to numerous resources, personnel and equipment. Thus far, the following agencies have joined the search for Somer: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Wildlife Commission, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic Beach Police Department, Office of Agriculture Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Transportation, Lawtey Police Department, Cross City Corrections K-9 Units, Department of Children and Families, Neptune Beach Police Department, Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, Starke Police Department, Fernandina Beach Police Department and the University of North Florida Police Department. All of these agencies are working together to try to locate Somer.
We will continue to brief media at the command post location, which is Orange Park Athletic Association, 1086 Fromhart Street, Orange Park, FL.
The next media briefing is planned for 4pm at that location. Additional details will be provided as they become available.