700 help search for missing Hanover-area teen
As many as 700 people conducted an hourslong search near the home of a missing teenager in West Manheim Township Sunday afternoon, but the search turned up no clues to Madison Krumrine's disappearance, her father said.
"The situation itself is so difficult," Keith Krumrine said. "She basically disappeared off the face of the earth."
West Manheim Township Police said Madison Nichole Krumrine, 16, has not been seen since about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
She is described as white and 5-feet-7, with green eyes and blond hair.
There was a "suspicious discovery" made during the search, but it was not related to Madison's disappearance, West Manheim Township Police said in a post on their Facebook page.
Volunteer searchers found a 6½-by-3-by-3-foot hole in the ground near Hobart Road as well as a latex glove with red stains, police said. An investigation showed that the spot had been used in the filming of a trailer for a horror movie four weeks ago, and the producer of the film was called to the spot and verified that the scene was left by his crew, police said.
Sunday's search in the area near the Krumrines' home started at 2 p.m. and lasted until dark, Keith Krumrine said.
"It's such a huge outreach of support," he said, noting that the search was just organized that morning and people gave up their time with very little notice.
Keith Krumrine had been hopeful police could find Madison using her cellphone's coordinates, but he discovered Saturday morning that the phone was left her in nightstand drawer, along with clothes and other belongings.
“She left her cellphone (and) laptop. No kids leave the house without those things,” Krumrine said early Sunday.
West Manheim Township Police could not be reached for comment Sunday but said on their Facebook page that they believe Madison left voluntarily and intended to run away.
Krumrine said he was the last person to see his daughter, who left without a trace Thursday evening.
“Not even a blip on the radar,” he remarked.
Krumrine said he does not know what led to her disappearance.
“She’s super sweet, intelligent (and) musically gifted, this is very much out of her character to do something like this,” he said.
Krumrine said he is trying to get the police to put out an Amber Alert on Madison and has hired a private investigator.
Although he is worried about his daughter, Krumrine said he has been consoled by the outpouring of support, including more than 165,000 shares of his plea on Facebook. He said there was initially a modest search for his daughter, but after the many shares and inquiries, police are increasing their time in the search.
"The push is on," Krumrine said.
The search and wait is unnerving to Krumrine, but he said the hope for his daughter's safe return is “the only thing keeping us going."
Anyone with information on Madison's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or West Manheim Township Police's dispatch at (717) 854-5571. Tips may also be submitted to West Manheim Township police. A monetary reward is being offered for any information that leads to Madison’s safe return.
— York Dispatch reporters Christopher Dornblaser and Junior Gonzalez contributed to this report.