SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: The Bexar County Sheriff Office said it is extremely grateful for the amount of community support in the effort to find Andreen McDonald.
Officials said that, in total, they had about 350 volunteers, 70 military personnel, 20-30 search and rescue individuals, including 3 cadaver dogs and 15-30 BCSO personnel.
Bexar County deputies will resume their search efforts Saturday around 9:00 a.m. at Camp Bullis. That search will not require volunteers from the community, as deputies feel the search and rescue personnel they have will be able to handle particular, remote off-road areas that they have already mapped out.
More than 200 volunteers descended on Camp Bullis on Thursday to search for Andreen Nicole McDonald, the missing mother and businesswoman.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, along with personnel from the U.S. Air Force 502nd Air Base Wing Joint Base San Antonio and local volunteers are taking part in the search.
The search teams, including more than 100 search and rescue volunteers and law enforcement officers, met around 8 a.m. at Eisenhower Park just before heading to the Army post.
Prior to the search, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said GPS tracking on cellphones and cars placed a person of interest, Andre McDonald, in the area. Salazar said Andre McDonald likely was at the military installation despite having no official military or government business.
"I'm confident that we're going to find something of value today," Salazar said. "It's manageable. We may just be here awhile. And that's OK, we're prepared for that."
Col. Jeffrey Carter, commander of the 502nd Security Forces Group, said he's hoping to provide closure to the family.
"There will be a morning phase and afternoon phase of the search, and we're confident they can cover all the roadways they're interested in looking at today," he said. "The terrain, however, is daunting and it's like that for a reason -- we need that for training."
KSAT 12 has a crew at the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.
Courtesy: U.S. Air Force video by Marcelo Joniaux