May 31, 2012 11:39 PM by Maddie Garrett

Day 12 in Search for Mickey, Family's Spirits Lifted by Youngest Volunteers

With volunteer searches for Mickey Shunick back up Thursday, after a day off, there seemed to be a renewed sense of hope at the volunteer headquarters at Blackham Coliseum. Even though no new evidence surfaced Thursday, Mickey's sister, Charlie Shunick, said she is confident her sister is out there and that they will find her soon. Charlie said her spirits are high, thanks in part to the continued community support.

A few search parties came and went Thursday, picking right back up where they left off.

"We just want to make sure people know we still need search volunteers, foot soldiers is what they're saying. So we need people getting out there, getting muddy and searching for my sister," said Charlie.

Charlie said she is still hopeful, and finds strength in the smallest of volunteers, like six-year-old Jack Stansbury.

"Well he just said that he wanted to give this (stuffed animal) to me because he named it Charlie and he thought it would help me through this and so "Tee" Charlie's been with me since then," said Charlie.

Jack can't go out and search, and may not fully grasp the situation, but he knew a family was in trouble and he wanted to help. So he offered his dog little Charlie to Mickey's sister Charlie.

"It's from his heart, that's how a lot of children are feeling just something from their heart," said Denise Stansbury.

Children at the Little Paintbrush made dozens butterflies with messages to Mickey and her family that read, "we love you Mickey," and "we miss you." The children made the butterflies for the same reason Jack gave away Charlie, "to make her feel better," said Jack.

And that it does, Charlie carries him around wherever she goes. She told Jack she would give Tee Charlie back when Mickey came home.

"It's good to have it, it reminds me about all the positivity going on around here," she said.

Charlie and the other volunteers said that's the key to these search efforts, staying positive and being persistent to bring Mickey home. The searches are back in full force and volunteers are needed. You can meet at Blackham Coliseum every day starting at 8:00 am, search teams will go out throughout the day, with the last group leaving at 4:00 pm.


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