THE AREA BRIEFLY - LAKEWOOD: DOGS FAIL TO FIND SIGN OF MISSING GIRL, 9
Keywords: Brief, Column, Child/Children, Missing, Search, Crime
Byline: Sandy Dunham; The News Tribune
Search dogs sniffing through a Lakewood creek Saturday found no signs of 9-year-old Cindy Allinger, who has been missing since July 4.
Twelve teams of German shepherds and trainers spent about eight hours going over areas along Clover Creek that had been searched earlier, said Pierce County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Kemmerer.
Sheriff's detectives and local volunteers have been looking for Cindy near the creek for more than a week but on Saturday suspended the search.
"The search isn't abandoned," Kemmerer said Saturday night. "But it will be suspended until somebody finds us a clue that can give us direction."
Cindy disappeared from the apartment complex where she lives with her mother, Rhonda Plank, on Independence Day after going outside to play.
The FBI has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone connected to Cindy's disappearance.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pierce County Sheriff's Department at 593-4721 or CrimeStoppers at 591-5959.