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Search for Alexis Scott continues near Illinois River

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It's been three years since Alexis Scott was reported missing. Today the effort to find answers continued, searching the Illinois River and close to shore near Detweiller Park.

Alexis's mother April said there was reason to believe she was in the area.

Volunteers looked for blankets, used containers and any indication of life. It's the first time this area was search since last year, when water levels were high.

Even though the search party has encountered burrs, cold weather and a pandemic, it's not enough to stop April from finding her daughter.

"Three years of crying, stressing, worrying, some days I can really get out here and conquer the world and some days I'm so low I can't do anything," April Scott said.

Volunteer Sara Martin has been searching for Alexis since day one and has become close with April.

"April is the strongest person I know, seriously, because I can't imagine," Martin said. "She goes days without sleeping trying to figure out where her child is."

For support and encouragement, April has connected with other families of missing persons. She said the hardest times are when bones are reported to be found.

"They're all the hurting tremendously, nobody wants the bad news of course," April said. "Nobody wants to know that their child didn't make it."

At this point, it's about following up on all their leads and recruiting members for search parties.

"We gotta keep going until we find her. We can't give up until we find her," Martin said.

Anthony Landahl

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