Created on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 Written by JOEL E. MAST
A Sidney man with experience searching for people after hurricanes is organizing a Saturday search for Gladis McColloch Russell in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area where her husband, Richard Russell was found dead Feb. 26
• Monetary contributions to the Search for Gladis Donation Fund may be made to any US Bank branch
• Discounts offered to Gladis Russell Search Group participants at the Comfort Inn, 7620 Hamilton Park Drive, Chattanooga
Gerald Christman describes himself as a neighbor to the Logan County community and he wants to do what he can to locate Mrs. Russell, 85, of rural Lewistown, who has been missing since Feb. 16 and is presumed dead.
Mr. Christman has contacts with people trained in search and rescue and is currently in Tennessee laying the groundwork and finding a command center for Saturday’s search.
He said an organized search will use a grid system to go over areas where Mrs. Russell may have been dumped by Sammy K. Littleton II, 37, of Bellefontaine, who reportedly admitted to detectives he killed the elderly couple at their County Road 91 home, drove off with their bodies in their car and dumped the bodies along the Interstate 75 corridor.
The defendant has been charged with murder, felonious assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the Feb. 11 slaying of Tiffany Brown.
He has been in custody of West Virginia authorities since his Feb. 23 capture in Princeton, W.Va. Paperwork from Gov. John Kasich seeking the defendant’s extradition had not yet reached West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office.
The Comfort Inn, 7620 Hamilton Park Drive, off I-75 in Chattanooga, is offering search participants a discounted rate for Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made at (423) 499-1993 and mention the Gladis Russell Search Group to get the discount.
All volunteers will be required to sign in and sign out before and after the search.
• come in a fueled up vehicle and willing to stop and get out to look around when necessary;
• take a buddy if possible;
• wear weather appropriate clothing along with boots, gloves and hats remembering that the weather is expected to be sunny and warm in Chattanooga;
• wear reflective clothing; and
• take a change of clothes.