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Search called off for Gail Moody

Law Enforcement has called off the search for Gail Moody. Law Enforcement has called off the search for Gail Moody.
Angela Batten with Dog South K9 Search and Rescue is just one of many volunteers that pushed through the woods on Tuesday. Angela Batten with Dog South K9 Search and Rescue is just one of many volunteers that pushed through the woods on Tuesday.
Batten and her dog Dee-Dee have participated in a number of searches, but Batten will be the first to tell you, this search isn't easy. Batten and her dog Dee-Dee have participated in a number of searches, but Batten will be the first to tell you, this search isn't easy.

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LONG COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Law Enforcement has called off the search for Gail Moody. After two days of combing through a densely wooded area, still no sign of her.

Moody disappeared nearly three years ago. Her case went cold until the body of Lori Arrowood was discovered last week.  Now law enforcement is looking to see if there's any connection between the cases.

Angela Batten with Dog South K9 Search and Rescue is just one of many volunteers that pushed through the woods on Tuesday.

Batten and her dog Dee-Dee have participated in a number of searches, but Batten will be the first to tell you, this search isn't easy. "It's a lot of briars you have to beat through, and of course it's harder on the dogs because they're down on the ground level and they're  having to beat through this stuff.  There are a lot of areas we actually had to run a machete through and there are wet land areas," said Batten.

No matter how tough it is, Batten and a number of other volunteers are pushing through. There were cadaver dogs from Alabama, Thomasville and Jesup, even as far as Tampa, Florida.

"The teams go out with GPS's and they're tracking the areas so I know where everybody has been the last two days. "I can tell you where they've been, what area they checked, if you've missed an area or not. They're pretty thorough out there," said Batten.

One area law enforcement focused a lot of attention was at Smiley Crossing and Tower Roads. At one point a metal detector was even brought in. There is no information from police as to why they were focused on this area.

For Batten, she just keeps pushing through. "There is a lot of area out here. You just have to be in the right area, and we're hoping we're in one of those right areas."

She is hoping with every new inch covered they're closer to bringing moody home. "Three years is a long time and we pray and hope we can actually return this woman to her family," said Batten. "And who knows, we still have teams out there. We've searched a lot of areas these past two days."

There are six cadaver teams all together, and they are all volunteers.

Moody's mother, Melanie Clark lives in Florida and couldn't be here for the search, but says she is so grateful to all the volunteers and searchers who are trying to find her daughter. When she learned searchers came from Alabama and Florida to help, she couldn't believe it. She's says finding her daughter would give her the closure she needs.

The Long County Sheriff's Office also says they couldn't have done this without the help from all the volunteers.

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