April Beth Pitzer, age 30, went missing June 28, 2004. As of November 2006, April's case was updated from a missing case to a missing/homicide case. April was last seen in the vicinity of the 30000 block of Caspian Way in Newberry Springs, CA. She indicated she was going to travel to Arkansas to see her mother but never arrived.
Starting April 19, 2008 and continuing through April 27, 2008, volunteers will be needed to excavate two or more abandon mine shafts and scour the surrounding area. The primary target is approximately 200 feet deep and is dug into the earth at a 30Ė45 degree angle.
Items that we need for the search/excavation:
gas cans (empty/no gas)
outdoor Christmas lights (large bulb/200 ft)
other useful lights
extension cords (200 ft.)
5 gallon buckets (50 or more)
bottled water (enough for 200 people for 2 days)
2x4 & 4x4 beams
plywood (5 sheets)
quickcrete (4 bags)
paper nose/mouth masks (200)
If you can donate or loan any of the above items please contact me directly at the number or email below.
Some forum members have already pledged to send Home Depot gift cards. Anyone that does will receive a copy of the receipt for the items purchased with their donation.
FYI: There is (was) a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Aprilís death. I am ineligible to claim the reward. Furthermore, I am not being paid for my time or talents. Any leftover donations will be turned over to Aprilís mother, Gloria Denton to offset her travel expenses.
Two companies have signed on in the search for April. Lamar Advertising will provide 10 giant posters to promote the search and tip line website. VideoRay has tentatively agreed to send a high-tech underwater camera to search potentially flooded mine shafts.
General Advertising has agreed to provide time and materials on TWO of their billboards in the Barstow/Newberry Springs area to advertise the tip line website.
The website design is done. Production starts next week and should be finished and live by Friday. $1,100 has been donated as well as much needed equipment, some of that from our FFCars Forum members. Thanks Chet, Jay! Requests are out for porta potties, and support from the local Marine base. A meeting has been scheduled for Saturday March 1 for those familiar with the case/search efforts to discuss previous efforts and plan for the next.
The website is up (www.whereisapril.org
). It needs some refining and I will be tackling that as I have time. Photos of April will be posted soon. Take a peek and tell me what you think. Also, the billboard designs are complete and, like the website, are awaiting photos of April. I am going to postpone the meeting scheduled for March 1 due to schedule conflicts.
We still need donations of materials above. Thanks everyone!