EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — Lydia LaRue is doing anything she can to see her granddaughter, 19-year-old Aleah Beckerle, home safe.
“I know we’re going to find her. I know we are. It’s going to be any minute, any time,” she said. “We miss her so very much. The house is so empty without her.”
Aleah’s family reported her missing from her home almost a week ago. Beckerle, a special needs teen, disappeared without her wheelchair and without any answers as to who took her and where she went.
“It was a lonely day that first day,” LaRue said. “It was devastating. We felt like, ‘What are we going to do?'”
It started with a small group of family and friends looking for Aleah, but as the days pass without any answers, more and more people have joined the search.
“The more people, the better, and every day we’re getting more and more people,” post commander Brittany Burton said. “It’s really touched close to home to a lot of families.”
“It takes over your life,” Frank Jones, a bloodhound handler, said. “It’s just something that you have to do.”
Jones and Kentucky Bluegrass Bloodhounds made the trip over from Elizabethtown, Kentucky – three hours away – to lend the help of their search dogs.
“Their olfactory senses are amazing,” he said. “They’re second only to the Alaskan polar bear so it’s the right tool for the right job.”
A search team from Texas EquuSearch, a national search organization, is also in town, ready to help look for Aleah.
“I just want to hug them. I just want to make them part of my family,” LaRue said.
LaRue said she knows Aleah will be home safe.
“I’ve got her an ice cream, her favorite, this little McDonald’s caramel sundae,” she said. “It’s sitting there and I will not let nobody touch it because it’s her’s, because she’s coming home.”
And with all the help coming in, she hopes Aleah will be back even sooner.
Texas EquuSearch will be looking for Aleah Sunday morning starting at 9 at the intersection of E Iowa Street and Garvin Street. Volunteers are encouraged to join. Volunteers must be 18 or older and bring a photo ID. They are encouraged to wear long pants and boots.
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