Volunteers continue searching for Lina Khil on Northwest Side

The child has not been seen since she disappeared from her family’s apartment on Dec. 20th.

SAN ANTONIO – Night has fallen yet again on another failed search for 3-year-old Lina Sardar Khil.

The child has been missing for six weeks now.

“We can’t just sit and keep observing. We need to get out and do what we can for this poor little girl,” Mary Newhouse, a volunteer in Sunday’s search said.

Newhouse’s words reflecting in other volunteers as well. The overarching message -- we can’t just sit by while Lina still isn’t home.

“I have nine grandkids and it breaks my heart. I can’t imagine what the family’s going through,” Newhouse said.

For many, it’s their first time searching. They’re looking for anything that might be disturbed or just not look right -- anything that can bring them closer to finding Lina.

Another volunteer, Charles Sims, hopes his experience as a combat veteran helps.

“We, you know, did terrain navigation and stuff like that. So anything we could do to help to come out to help show unity in the community,” Sims said.

Since Lina disappeared December 20th, the search for her has primarily focused near her family’s apartment on Fredericksburg Road.

On Jan. 5th, divers checked a creek roughly two miles from there and turned up nothing.

On Jan. 28th, SAPD followed a tip that brought them to the city of Fredericksburg. After a joint law enforcement effort with police there, nothing was found.

Joel and his wife Chris joining others in the search Sunday and in prayer every day to bring Lina home.

“My mind’s been on it every day and I just hope they find that little girl’s safe and sound,” Joel said.

SAPD has been very clear -- they’re asking for tips in Lina’s case.

It’s being investigated as a missing person’s case, so you can reach out to SAPD’s Missing Person’s Unit at (210) 207-7660.

The Islamic Center of San Antonio and Crime Stoppers are offering rewards that total $150,000.

About the Authors:

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.