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Ground search ends in "Baby Kate" abduction case

8:31 PM, Jul 16, 2011   |    comments
Katherine Phillips (Courtesy: Michigan State Police)
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(By; Steve Begnoche, Ludington Daily News) - Thirteen searchers led by Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett and Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers completed what, for now, is the final ground search in the case of the missing infant, Katherine Phillips.

At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday the searchers finished searching an area near Meyers Road south of the railroad tracks south of U.S. 10.

Nothing was found, Barnett said.

The site, like others searched since "Baby Kate" was reported missing more than two weeks ago after last being seen in the vehicle of Sean Michael Phillips at Birch Lake Apartments in Ludington,was one police had received a tip about, Barnett told the Ludington Daily News.

All the tips of sites for potential searches have now been checked out and answers to the whereabouts of the baby who would now be 5 months old have failed to turn up answers as to what happened to her.

The searchers, sweaty and hot, and some with soaked feet from searching in the heavily vegetated and wet area, filed onto a emergency vehicle van when the search came to an end.

"It's been a long two weeks," Fiers told the Daily News.

Sean Phillips is being held in Mason County Jail on $500,000 bond on a charge of abduction.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the infant or of Sean Michael Phillips on June 29 is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858.

Persons wishing to provide information anonymously can call Silent Observer @ 888-STOPCRIME (888-786-7274). Anonymous information can also be provided at WWW.LSOTIP.COM or by texting LSOTIP and your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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