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Volunteers, dog continue search for Andreen McDonald

While her husband, Andre McDonald, sits in jail on a charge of tampering with evidence, her family waits for answers.

SAN ANTONIO — It’s been almost three weeks since Andreen McDonald has been missing.

On Sunday, a dedicated group of volunteers organized another search, and said they’ll continue looking until Andreen is found. The group had nothing but pure determination to lead them as the small-but-mighty army set out to find Andreen.

At first, the group planned to have a few cadaver dogs to help with the search.

“If we can get some clothing of Andreen's from the family, so that when we send the dogs out, each dog has her scent,” search organizer Malinda Pennell said.

So when the dogs didn’t come through, another neighbor did.

Laurie Gawelko said she runs a dog training that trains canines for veterans. She saw the group organizing their search efforts when driving by on Overlook Parkway and decided to stop and help.

“I’ve been reading about it every day, and I wanted to help,” she said.

Gawelko brought her dog Savage, who hasn’t had any formal law enforcement training as a search dog, but she said Savage has a hunting instinct.

“She’s the type that will go and go until she finds something,” Gawelko said.

The group hit the pavement in the Stone Oak area, and then began searching through the brush behind Andreen’s house. They re-tracked areas that law enforcement has already searched, but Pennell said they believe Andreen will be found between a 5 and 10 mile radius of her home.

“I'm not concerned about researching a terrain that's already been searched because the elements change, the weather changes, the wind blows, animals carry things away, and things get disturbed,” Pennell said.

All the volunteers searching on Sunday said they feel a connection to Andreen.

“There’s just something about her. She’s a mother, she’s a wife, she’s so relatable,” said volunteer Alex Dupree.

And this group said they’ll return to search again until Andreen is found.

“This is overwhelming, you know? Any idea is not a bad idea,” Pennell said.


March 16: Volunteers not giving up in the search for missing mother Andreen McDonald

March 15: Search for missing Bexar County woman narrowing to specific areas

March 10: Family and friends honor Andreen McDonald in emotional vigil

March 5: Search for missing mother grows more desperate

March 4: New information uncovered in case of missing mother feared dead

March 3: Husband of missing woman arrested, charged with evidence tampering

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