Stiles Still Missing But Searchers Not Giving Up

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

From the marsh to the trees and everything in between, volunteers combed through the woods Sunday morning looking for answers.

"Any sign of life. Any sign of death. Any sign of anything," said friend and neighbor Kelly Campbell.

Michigan State Police joined friends and family at Wolf Lake County Park searching for 34-year-old Tonia Stiles, last seen November 18. As you can imagine, this was no walk in the park.

"Nobody wants to go look for a friend in the woods," said Campbell, fighting back tears. "Nobody wants to think about it all the time and walk out into the woods and wonder, 'am I going to be the one to find a body?'"

Last Friday volunteers did stumble upon a bloody shirt, but it'll be nine months before the crime lab can analyze it. Lt. Jim Shaw says in the meantime investigators are trying to track Stiles, but she hasn't left many footprints.

"A lot of the things we utilize to help find missing persons whether it's a cell phone, whether it's a vehicle," he said, "things like that she just did not have."

Not to mention, her boyfriend, Scott Cassidy, the last person, police say, to see Stiles and the one who reported her missing killed himself in jail Friday. He was arrested last week on an unrelated charge. Police say each day they don't hear from Stiles is another reason to worry.

"As the days go by, as family has not heard from her, though we still explore all possibilities, we are looking more into the fact that her disppearance may be involuntary," Shaw said.

"This isn't Tonia," Campbell said. "Something terribly wrong has happened."

And until they find out what, she says, they won't give up.

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  • by sarah jones 0312 on Dec 6, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    It seems a bit extreme 9 months from now all other evidence would be gone! I knew Scott personally and am still shocked by the turn of events! I pray that Scott had nothing to do with her disappearance and thats both families get some closure and peace !
  • by bec Location: gl on Dec 6, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    i just want to say that i am so sorry for her children and her family. i live in grass lake so i am extremley saddened by this. i heard about it 3 wks ago and it hasnt left my mind. i cry about it all the time and i didnt even know her. i have a 1 year old and couldnt imagine if something happened to me. i would be so worried about him. i deeply feel for her children. and her mother and father. i am so sorry that this has happened and i hope for her safe return. i am praying for her everyday. sincerely, rebecca
  • by Liz on Dec 6, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    9 MONTHS???? Why so long? That's a crock.
  • by Kari Location: Jackson on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    I agree! Who knows where she will be nine months from now, that is just a little too ridiculous! Its like they're not even taking it seriously, I'm almost 100% sure they could send the shirt somewhere else and get it analyzed but that would just be to much wont it? I guess her being missing for three weeks and the boyfriend committing suicide just wasn't enough!
  • by Andrea on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    9 MONTHS to run a dna match on that shirt? What are taxes to the crime labs going for????????
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