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Organized Search Party Planned for Missing Del. Woman

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Keisha Hamilton (Photo: Delaware State Police) Keisha Hamilton (Photo: Delaware State Police)
SMYRNA, Del. - Family, friends, and several law enforcement agencies continue to search for a Delaware woman who remains missing after her two young children were found earlier this month with their father in Indiana.

Delaware State Police ask anyone with tips as to the whereabouts of 35-year-old Keisha S. Hamilton, of Smyrna, to call 911. They say she is 5 feet 6 inches tall and 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Janell Foster, Keisha's sister, tells WBOC she, along with police, are organizing a search party for Keisha on Sunday, January 25 in Cheswold, and invite the community to join in their search.

Foster says anyone interested in helping can come to the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Station at 8 a.m. Sunday. She says police will divide the volunteers up into groups and send them off to different search areas. Police say each volunteer will be asked to sign in at the fire station.

Foster says the search parties will start in Cheswold, but will mainly focus in and around the area of Hamilton's home and then expand outward covering the Smyrna area.

"It all depends on how many people come out," said Foster. "The more volunteers we have, the wider the area we can cover."

Foster says the planning for Sunday's search only began Tuesday morning, and so far about one hundred family members confirmed to her that they would be there to help. She says she hopes that by getting the word out there, more volunteers will come. She says the police are estimating between 500 and 1,000 volunteers to turn up on Sunday.

An Amber Alert was issued for Hamilton and her children, 4-year-old Colette Hamilton and her 4-month-old brother Cortez Jr., on January 10.  Police say Hamilton was last seen about 10 p.m. the night before at their home in the Twin Willows development near Smyrna. Delaware police alerted Indiana authorities that the father, Cortez A. Hamilton Sr., might be traveling in a red 2005 Chevrolet Suburban with the children to St. Louis, Missouri, where his Facebook page says he is from.

Two troopers saw and stopped the SUV on the night of January 10, arresting Mr. Hamilton and finding the children safe in the vehicle, Indiana media reported. Foster says the children are safe and in good hands. "They're doing great," Foster said, "They don't really understand what's happening since they're so young, but they're getting a lot of support."

Last week, Mr. Hamilton waived his extradition hearing in Indiana, which allowed him to return to Delaware where he awaits the charges of two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and second degree assault. Cortez is expected to return to Delaware later this week.

Along with calling 911, anyone with information on Keisha's whereabouts can also contact Sergeant David L. Weaver at Troop 3 at 302-741-2728 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Foster says volunteers are welcome to just "show up" at the fire station on Sunday, but if anyone has any questions they can contact her at fosterjanell@comcast.net.

"We're very concerned," Foster said. "Keisha has four children who are looking for her and the family continues to look for answers. We will not give up."
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