Massive Search for Missing Pittsfield Woman
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CREATED Jun. 1, 2013
A massive search resumes for a missing Pittsfield woman. Victoria Prokopovitz vanished from her home five weeks ago and today search and rescue teams scoured the area looking for anything that might lead to a break in the case.
For the second time in about three weeks trained horses, canines and hundreds of people are coming together in Pittsfield to create one of the most in-depth search and rescue teams in the country.
Sad, confused and frustrated Victoria Prokopovitz's daughter, Marsha Loritz, waits outside the Pittsfield Town Hall for some good news.
"We have no answers. We don't know how she left. We don't know where she is. We don't know if she's alive or not," said Loritz, while fighting back tears.
She is still searching for her mom.
Inside the Town Hall maps fill the table where Summer Olson is working in the Command Center. She is planning the searches.
"This took us approximately three days," said Olson when discussing how long it took to put together the search routes for the day.
The best of the best, is what Sherri Jo Lucas calls her team. Lucas is the Incident Commander for the search and rescue mission and she is also in charge of all the search teams. She is watching over a team of people on foot, horses and canines, as well as boats with under water cameras and sonar.
"It's not just personal off the streets, it's actually certified, trained personal," said Lucas about her team.
Search crews started around 9:00 this morning, searching until sunset. Most of the searching took place near Prokopovitz's home. If you have seen Prokopovitz you're asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff's Department.