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Community Volunteers to Help Family Search for Missing Mother

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CHESWOLD, Del. – A community search party was organized Jan. 25 by family and friends of a mother from Smyrna who's been missing nearly three weeks.

More than 400 volunteers gathered at the Cheswold fire station Sunday morning to split into groups to canvass nearby farm fields, woods and other areas for 35-year old Keisha Hamilton.

Relatives have not heard from Hamilton since the night of Jan. 9, when she and her two youngest children were reported missing.

Delaware State Police issued an Amber Alert on Jan. 10 for Collette Hamilton, 4, and her 4-month old brother Cortez Jr. They were found later that day in Indiana with their father Cortez Hamilton Sr., who was arrested and later extradited to Delaware.

Some volunteers who showed up have personal ties to Hamilton's family, including Cindy Watson of Smyrna.

“Kiara, Keisha's daughter, is a very good friend of my daughter Morgan," said Watson.

Even people who did not know the mother of four showed up to help the family look for her.

“It's just the right thing to do to try to help a family out with a missing member," said Leon Wallace of Smyrna.

One family friend, Deja Belle Johnson, was overwhelmed to see more than 400 people show up to volunteer.

"All they know is your story as it was told on television,” said Johnson.

“And with that they still come together and care enough to give back to the community and to help this family bring Keisha home."

Organized in a matter of days Johnson and the family were able to round up refreshments donated by local businesses for the volunteers.

Trevi Ristorante in Smyrna donated 30 pizzas to feed the search party.

“Got to help the family out you know,” said Ernesto Carannante a manager at Trevi's. “I have a sister and she has two beautiful boys,” he said considering himself in Keisha's family's shoes.

Delaware State Police and other local agencies from Cheswold, Houston, Little Creek and Wilmington helped facilitate the day-long search.

Though no leads were uncovered during the search Johnson and the family hold onto hope that they will bring Keisha home.

"Keisha, we are coming for you,” said Johnson. “We love you. We're here for you and we're coming for you."

If anyone has any information on Keisha's whereabouts they are asked to contact Sergeant David L. Weaver at Troop 3 at 302-741-2728. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."


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