DAYTON, November 5, 2015 - The lovely home of Dollie Stone was the meeting place for Lakata Club on November 3. President Sharron Stovall welcomed everyone and asked Donna White to voice our opening prayer.
Hostesses Mary Ellen Conner, Jo DeFoor, and Dollie served a delicious luncheon of chicken pasta with a relish salad and a choice of apple or cheese cakes for dessert.
Caroline Wadzeck introduced Ken DeFoor who presented the program. Ken, who has a long history in law enforcement, and is currently Captain of Special Operations with the Liberty County Sherriff’s Department, talked about his and his wife Jo’s involvement with Texas Equusearch for the past 8 – 10 years. It is composed of volunteers and not related to law enforcement although it supports law enforcement and families. He emphasized that he would talk about life and death as it really is.
Ken related the history of the organization that was created by Tim Miller who lost his daughter in 1988 and afterwards began helping others find their loved ones who had gone missing. Miller formed the group in 2000 and it has conducted searches all over Texas, other states, and has even been called out of the country. In the last four years, they have conducted 16 searches in Liberty County. They primarily search for victims of foul play, alzheimer’s/dementia victims, young children, and evidentiary cases. The group’s purpose is search and recover, having recovered 198 victims thus far, but they are elated when the search turns into a recovery: they have found 350 people alive. They receive from 10-12 calls each week, and while they can’t respond to every call, they respond to most. DeFoor talked about several cases in which he and Jo have participated and gave the group an idea of the rough terrain in which they many times work and of the cruelty perpetrated on the victims. His talk was very informative and Lakata Club members will write letters to the FAA in support of the use of drones which is essential in locating victims.
A business meeting followed Mr. DeFoor’s program and everyone was reminded that the December meeting will be at Parker Hall.