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Investigation continues in Summer Shipp case
By Rhiannon Ross | Rhiannon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Under a cloudless azure sky, on a crisp and breezy autumn day, police on foot, horseback and under water continued to search Wednesday at Little Blue Trace Park for the remains of Summer Shipp.
Police confirmed Tuesday that the skull and other
bones found Sunday on the banks of the Little Blue River, downstream from the
Jackson County Sheriff's spokesperson Ronda
Montgomery said at a press conference Wednesday that search efforts for more
remains had intensified in the area east of the Little Blue River, north of
"We always hope to find evidence that leads to a
She said police were conducting a thorough grid search, where police teams, slowly investigated the cordoned off area, step-by-step. If any evidence is found, the crime lab is summoned immediately to the site.
The Jackson County Posse Search and Rescue Team, a volunteer mount and rescue search unit, joined recovery efforts Wednesday.
Others who have been actively assisting with the case
include the city of
"We don't know if she's been here the entire
three years or not, if erosion played a part or it's something very
Jackson County Sheriff Tom Phillips said Tuesday the bones were two to three years in age because no flesh remained on them.
Two fisherman found the
skull Sunday on the river bank. The
She said police had recovered different remains each day since the search began Sunday.
That fisherman would find the skull, said
"Bizarre may not be the right word - fortunate - that they were able to find that," she said. "We're thankful for it to put closure to this for the Shipp family."
Janice Cogburn, a friend of Summer's daughter Brandy Shipp, also attended the press conference Wednesday.
"Summer loved her daughter dearly," she said. "I hope Brandy can get through this. It's such a hard time."
Cogburn said she participated in circulating fliers around the city when Shipp was reported missing.
Brandy Shipp was in
Summer Shipp, said Cogburn, was the very embodiment of her name.
"Summer was a sunny, beautiful person. She was always happy, always had a smile on her face," she said. "Whoever did this took a beautiful person from this world."