Pensacola, Fla. — Nearly two weeks after Tiffany Daniels was last seen leaving her job at Pensacola State College, the 25-year-old theatre technician has still not been found. However, loved ones have not given up hope on bringing her home.
Friends, family and community volunteers have organized a formal search for the woman today, from 9 a.m. until sunset. The search is being organized with the help of Escambia County Search and Rescue and the KlaasKids Foundation, a national organization that provides resources and support to the families of missing people.
Saturday evening, the threat of inclement weather hung over Sunday's events. Ray Mooney, of the KlaasKids Foundation, said the search would move forward rain or shine. However, in the event of thunder and lightning, he said, the search might have to be postponed.
If that becomes necessary, Mooney said, the change would be announced on Facebook at www.facebook.com/findtiffany.
As of Saturday evening, about 50 people had signed up to volunteer on Facebook. The night prior, an overflow crowd of more than 100 people had shown up for an organizational meeting at Long Hollow Studio, around the corner from Tiffany's apartment in downtown Pensacola.
Assuming the weather holds out, organizers said, volunteers will convene at 9 a.m. at the parking lot across from Park West, where Daniels' car was found. From there, they will be briefed on proper search protocols, divided into teams and dispatched to locations across Santa Rosa Island.
Mooney said the search would be focused on three main areas — Ft. Pickens, Pensacola Beach and the dunes east of the Portofino Towers, toward Navarre.
The search will last all day, with volunteers pausing only for lunch. The search will be followed by a candle light vigil in the evening, the location and time of which were yet to be announced Saturday.
Breakfast, lunch and water will be provided for volunteers. For more information about the search and how to get involved, visit www.facebook.com/findtiffany and navigate to the events tab. Or call Terry Strickland at 850-776-0436.
Those with information about Tiffany's whereabouts should contact law enforcement immediately by calling 850-435-1900.