“When I look at these cases where things like this happen and the whole world stops to go, you know, I’d choke a little… Nobody gives a damn.”
HOUSTON — Tim Miller, founder and owner of Texas EquuSearch, has long been the face of search and rescue operations in Houston. He is a tireless supporter of the missing because he his daughter was a victim years ago.
It was 1984 when sixteen-year-old Laura Miller disappeared. A year later, her body was found off Calder Road in what became known as the “Texas killing fields”.
“I really wish they had acted in League City like they did in Alabama in the beginning. We may have some girls that are still alive,” he said.
She said she was on her way to Alabama to help look for Carlee Russell when she was found. The case, according to the police, appears to be the latest made up story of a kidnapping.
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“When we go on these and spend a lot of time and spend a lot of money when it should go somewhere else, it’s creepy,” Miller said.
Miller said that while he will always answer the call, he is concerned about “missing persons fatigue” among volunteers and donors who help fund search and rescue operations.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened,” Miller said. “When I look at these cases where things like this happen and the whole world stops to go, you know, I’m going to feel kind of suffocated, you know, it’s been so many years and when Laura disappeared, nobody cared.”
In Houston, Miller said he worked closely with law enforcement on the case of 38-year-old Bret Detamore, a West U father of three who was found after police said there was evidence he may have pre-planned his disappearance. In that research, Miller said, three volunteers suffered from heat exhaustion.
“When we’re out there in these kinds of conditions and then we’re out there doing this and then it’s a false alarm… I don’t know if they (the volunteers) are going to come back when they’re needed,” Miller said.
He said it’s difficult to set a fixed price for searches, but they can easily exceed $1,000 a day.
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