The Jaycee Lee Dugard story in California has breathed new life into the search for Kristi Cornwell. It has given them hope. Cornwell was mentioned on America’s Most Wanted Saturday evening for the second week in a row as well. Kristi Cornwell is the 38-year-old Blairsville, Georgia, woman that disappeared from the side of the road she was walking along nearly three weeks ago. Since then, authorities found items of Kristi Cornwell’s along the stretch of Jones Creek Road and her cell phone was recovered three miles from that spot, but no other major leads had come in. America’s Most Wanted noted how a caller had phoned in to their tip line after Cornwell had been profiled on the long-running television show the week before. The tipster stated that Kristi Cornwell’s body could be found in King’s Mountain, North Carolina.
The FBI, the U. S. Marshall Service, and Cleveland County officials scoured the King’s Mountain area after the call came in. Fortunately, they did not find Kristi Cornwell’s body. Unfortunately, authorities did not find any sign of Kristi Cornwell at all.
Full-scale ground searches have been discontinued in Blairsville and Union County, but the search for Kristi Cornwell continues for friends and family members. Her family has appeared on numerous national talk shows like the “Today Show” and “Nancy Grace” to plead for her return and to get information to the public, hoping that something said or shown will lead to the return of their missing family member. The last person to hear her voice, Douglas Davis, Kristi Cornwell’s boyfriend, appeared on CBS’ “Early Show” last week as well.
The people who knew her best haven’t given up hope. Bill’s Skating Rink in Blairsville was filled Saturday night in support of the search for Kristi Cornwell, proceeds going. All the proceeds from the community event went toward the Kristi Cornwell Reward and Search Fund.
And Jaycee Lee Dugard’s name was on everyone’s lips. The story of the little girl who was kidnapped off the streets of her California hometown at age 11 has become an inspiration to those searching for Kristi Cornwell. After 18 years, Jaycee Lee Dugard told a parole officer that Phillip Garrido had taken her and kept her against her will in his back yard the entire time. The story shocked the nation.
And it gave other families of missing persons hope.
Jaycee Lee Dugard’s story not only gave Kristi Cornwell’s family and friends hope of an eventual happy ending, it has also provided hope for the family of 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings in Satsuma, Florida, missing since February 10. It sent a message of hope to the family and friends of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel of New York, missing since Spring Break from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. And the story gave added hope to the family of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum, missing since June 26, from her home in McCleary, Washington.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of Kristi Cornwell or to those responsible for her disappearance. Those wishing to help urged to call the Union County Sheriff’s office at (706) 439-6038 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 800-597-8477.
“America’s Most Wanted,” Fox Television