GLENBURN, Maine — As the search for missing Glenburn teen Nichole Cable entered its sixth day Saturday, the Maine Warden Service issued a call for ground search volunteers.
Although the warden service initially asked that the public stay away from areas of interest so as not to interfere with K-9 tracking work, Lt. Kevin Adam issued a request for volunteers to conduct ground searches Sunday in the Glenburn area.
Those who want to help should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the search command post that has been established at the Glenburn fire station at 144 Lakeview Road, Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday afternoon.
The search will include wooded and swampy terrain, so volunteers should be in good physical health, dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear, he said.
Volunteers should bring their own food and drink and, if possible, bring orange hunter-style vests, Morton said. Specific instructions and directions will be given during a briefing at the command post.
On Saturday, Morton said law enforcement officials had received more than a dozen phone tips overnight.
“Investigators are actively following up all tips and leads,” he said. “All resources, including federal, state, county and municipal agencies, remain actively working together in an attempt to find Nichole.”
Besides the county sheriff’s office and warden service, the search effort so far has involved the expertise and personnel of the Maine State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, The National Center for Missing Children, Bangor Police Department and others.
On Thursday, the warden service brought an airplane to the Glenburn area to search camp roads and other remote locations from overhead.
In addition, members of the Down East Emergency Medical Institute independently flew their aircraft, which has high-resolution imagery capabilities, over the area’s wooded and swampy area, as well as over nearby bodies of water, Director of Operations Richard Bowie said Saturday.
Morton said that recent search efforts have focused on several areas along Route 221, also known as Hudson Road, and Route 43 in Glenburn, Hudson and west Old Town.
During a news conference Friday at the former county courthouse, Sheriff Glenn Ross asked the public for help in locating a black Ford Ranger or similar-looking pickup truck that may have been in the Glenburn area around the time that the 15-year-old Old Town High School student went missing.
It was one of the few new developments in the investigation, which began Monday morning when Cable’s parents, Jason and Kristine Wiley of Glenburn, reported her missing.
On their Facebook page, Bring Nichole Cable Home, the girl’s parents said they last saw Cable on Sunday night and that they believe their daughter was last known to be with a male using a fictitious name on a Facebook account.
Fliers have been posted and shared over the Internet by family and friends throughout Penobscot County and well beyond and information about the case has spread around the world over the Internet.
In the meantime, the community is praying for Cable’s safe return. Though it was too windy Saturday evening for the planned candlelight vigil, Glenburn Covenant Church Pastor Jack Dowling and his wife, Becca, led about a dozen people in a nearly hourlong outdoor prayer session.
The pastor said he and his wife spent time with Cable’s family earlier in the day and pulled the prayer vigil together in a matter of three hours because the community wanted one “and because of an acknowledgement that prayer works and we’re a praying church.”
“The family wanted the people in attendance here tonight to know that they appreciated the prayers, they appreciate their support and that they as a family are convinced that Nichole is going to come home safe and sound.”
“Nichole’s friends have been with them all day,” added Becca Dowling. “It’s good to know that her friends are around her family.”
“There’s a number of people supporting her family,” the pastor said.
“It’s really sad. I have a 15-year-old granddaughter so I can’t even imagine. I can’t even imagine. It would be horrifying,” church member Sharon Brigalli said. “But it’s just nice to see how the community has come together. Not just Glenburn but all the local towns. Old Town, Hermon, they’re all doing what they can. The kids are out there doing what they can.
“It’s just great to see that people can come together in a crisis situation like this and knowing as we watched the helicopters all day long flying all around and all the police and everything that were around that everybody’s out there doing what they can,” she said.
“I just care for the whole town and I feel for her,” added Larry Gallant, who helped built the Glenburn church in the 1940s.
The sheriff’s office asked that anyone who saw a vehicle matching the description given by police in the area between Route 211 in Glenburn to the west Old Town area and Interstate 95 between 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday call the sheriff’s office at 945-4636 or 800-432-7911.