Orange, Conn (WTNH) - It's been three days since 13-year-old Isabella Oleschuk went missing, and there's still no sign of her. Several local police departments, along with the FBI, and volunteers, took part in the search Tuesday.
The sun has gone down, and the ground search has been called off for the night. The terrain and the brush they've been up against day-in and day-out for the last two days is so thick it's hard to find anyone in it. Police say that is just one problem with the search, and the other problem is they don't know which direction to look.
Police released a new photo of Oleschuk Tuesday afternoon in the blue jacket she was known to be wearing.
Officers launched a massive search with firefighters, EMT's and FBI. They combed the Racebrook recreation area looking for any signs of Oleschuk, and they continued knocking on doors and searching homes.
"About 6:00 at night, the Orange police and the FBI came knocking on the door. They came in and searched the whole house. They were very thorough. They searched my attic, they went in my basement, they took interviews. My kids were home from college, and they took their cellphone numbers. They're doing everything possible to find this girl, and I was surprised that they were that thorough," Orange resident Frank Zodl said.
The citizens of Orange are also looking for Oleschuk. They're watching the woods, as well as the restaurants.
The FBI seized surveillance video at a Dutchess restaurant in Fairfield after an employee spotted a girl matching Isabella's description. There is no word yet if it was her.
"That's sad really. Sad, she is a child," Nimaris Thompson of Orange said. When asked if it makes her want to give her child an extra hug, Thompson answered, "Yes. I do it every day."
Even those who couldn't be out in the brush searching were helping out any way they could. Some of the staff at the Outback Steakhouse donated food to the police department.
"One of our wait staff attended day camp with her, and is actually here with me dropping off food, so we are all doing our part here," said Denna Tucciarone from Orange.
They do have lots of boots on the ground, and Wednesday morning they will be back out again.
The Orange Police Department has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning at 11:00. Oleschuk's family is expected to make a brief statement.
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