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Search continues for Whitesboro woman

By By GARY LIBERATORE

CAMDEN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The search is still underway for the 44-year-old Laura Pickard who has been missing since about 10 a.m. March 7th. She had been staying at a group home on Main Street in Whitesboro because she suffers from bipolar disease.  Laura had lived in Camden until just over a year ago.

Laura left the group home and was headed towards the Dunham Public Library about a block away. Pickard went missing the same day of America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk. Authorities think participants may have run right passed her.

At the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Camden Saturday afternoon, Pickard's sister, Jennifer Ferrusi of Cleveland, Ohio passed out flyers. Jennifer and her missing sister, formerly Laura Frantz , grew up in Camden and now the search has expanded to there. Ferrusis says about her sister, "if she could, she would have called by now."
     
Ferrusi says, "There was one spotting from what the police indicated that she was seen down there, so she did make it to the area of the library but after that we don't know."
    
Laura's brother Stephen Frantz also is in the area from his home in Greensboro, North Carolina trying to help find Laura.  After meeting with the Oneida County District Attorney on Friday, the two siblings re-traced their sister's last known steps.  Frantz says, "We started in her group home, the way she would have that morning, we looked through her stuff, looked for clues and then walked out and walked down the street to the library to see with our own eyes what she would have been seeing that morning."
    
Although, there is no sign of her yet, the siblings are not giving up hope, especially for their parents who now live in Lakeland, Florida and cannot be here to help search. The mom is suffering from cancer and her husband is taking care of her.  Her siblings say Laura was very trusting of people, and they hope if someone did abduct her, they will let her go.

 The siblings are determined to find Pickard and will not stop searching.  Frantz says, "a lot of people like her, a lot of people are looking for her, people we never even knew, we are approached by strangers offering to help constantly, so we have a large force of people looking for her."
    
If you have any information, you are asked to call Whitesboro Police 315-736-1944.

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