Tips continue to come into the Command Center in Williamston, but the strongest lead in the search of seven-year-old Ricky Holland still seems to be the fruit snack wrapper found Wednesday afternoon near M-52 and Haslett Road. Numbers on the wrapper match those found on the box of snacks taken from Ricky's home.
Thursday, K-9 search crews tried to track Ricky's scent in the area where the wrapper was found and also concentrated near the Holland household. Their searches turned up nothing but early Thursday evening crews tracked another area near Perry. After a possible sighting near a rural area, a footprint is found by a ground crew. Investigators are checking into the footprint, which they believe resembles Ricky's.
Hopes are high even after a disappointing end to day five. A truck driver phoned in a tip Wednesday. He thought he saw Ricky buying breakfast at a McDonald's restaurant in Perry. Surveillance video revealed it was not him.
For volunteers wanting to help search on day seven, the search hours are changing slightly. Volunteers are being asked to report to 2920 East Grand River in Williamston at 9 a.m. and most of the searches will cease at 5 p.m. Police will continue to search after 5 p.m.