Patrick Whitehill and a small search party are looking high and low for Grass Lake resident Tonia Renee Stiles, 34. The mother of two has been missing since November 18. Family and friends have organized a search for Stiles that has been ongoing since Friday.
"I think Tonia's been injured or is in trouble," said Whitehill, Stiles' brother. "She never would've left her kids the way they're sitting now."
Stiles is about 5'8", 140 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. Police say she does not have a cell phone or a car.
Search party members WILX spoke to say that while they don't think the outcome of the search is likely going to be a positive one, they're holding out hope. The search was started in the first place because of what family and friends see as a slow-moving investigation by the Michigan State Police.
"You've gotta do what you've gotta do," said Charity Golombek, a longtime friend of Stiles. "We're doing what we think the police should be doing."
"It shouldn't be up to the family to search," said Elizabeth Carroll, a Napoleon resident helping out with the search efforts. "I feel the police should be out here helping. I know there are budget cuts but they could volunteer their time like the rest of us."
Michigan State Police were unavailable for comment Saturday. In a press release sent out last week they said foul play is not suspected in Stiles' disappearance.
If you know anything about Tonia Renee Stiles or where whereabouts, please call Michigan State Police Lt. Jim Shaw at (517) 780-4580, ext. 223, or Trooper Gordon Van Gelder at ext. 813.
If you're interested in joining the search, you can contact Golombek at (517) 416-0223.