WEST BARNSTABLE - Law enforcement officials combed through a wooded area off Route 6 for much of the day yesterday in search for evidence related to the suspicious disappearance last month of Trudie Hall, a Nantucket woman who was expecting her first child.
A team of State Police, Barnstable police, and officials from the Barnstable County sheriff’s office headed into the area off Service Road with dogs, all-terrain vehicles, and mountain bicycles. A State Police helicopter flew overhead several times.
Local reports said that some of the searchers came out of the woods with paper bags typically used in evidence collection.
A Barnstable police command post was set up nearby, also staffed by Fire Department officials and the American Red Cross.
Vivienne Walker, Hall’s mother, said yesterday that investigators informed her Sunday night and yesterday that they would be conducting the search for her 23-year-old daughter, whom she last spoke with July 27.
Walker said she did not know the exact reason for the search, but that police have kept her informed in the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance.
”I just want to say keep us in your prayers, and keep Trudie in your prayers,” Walker said in a phone interview. “Trust God that she is OK, and in good health.”
Michael O’Keefe, district attorney for the Cape and Islands, would only say yesterday that, “Police are working very diligently on this matter and will continue to do so until this matter is resolved.” He refused to comment further.
Walker flew from Nantucket to Cape Cod on July 28 to file a missing person’s report on behalf of her daughter.
She said she had last spoken with her the day before, when Hall told her she was going to a movie and would call her afterward.
Walker grew particularly concerned when her daughter did not call after a doctor’s appointment on July 28, even after she sent Hall text messages saying she was worried that her calls were not being returned.
Walker said that she does not know all of her daughter’s acquaintances, but that Hall is close with her family, including brothers and sisters, and that she wouldn’t have left without telling them.
She grew up with her mother and stepfather and a close-knit church community in Nantucket, after moving there from Jamaica at the age of 13.
She has worked as a housekeeper and taken online computer courses, but had not been working recently while she was pregnant, her mother said.
Since the woman’s disappearance, investigators have searched several wooded areas throughout the Barnstable area, along with a rental car that was linked to Hall. The Cape Cod Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that police found blood evidence in the car.
Investigators last week also searched a Centerville home in connection with the investigation.
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