BERLIN TWP. (WWJ) – An organized search involving several law enforcement agencies took place Thursday along the Lake Erie shoreline in Monroe County. And it might be connected to the search for a woman who disappeared from a party last Halloween.
WWJ uncovered exclusive information that the search party was gathering Thursday morning near the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, off of Jefferson Avenue and Sigler Road in Berlin Charter Township — not far from the last place where 22-year-old Chelsea Bruck was seen alive.
Authorities said they resumed their search Thursday — not because of any new information that was received — but because the winter’s heavy snow and ice had finally melted away.
Dozens of first responders, searchers, dive team members, K-9 teams and officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police were on the scene.
The search wrapped around 2 p.m. There was no word that anything was found.
Bruck has been missing since Oct. 26, when apparently she walked away from a Halloween party at a rural farmhouse on Post Road in Frenchtown Township during the early morning hours. A $30,000 cash reward has been offered in the case.
Bruck was last seen wearing a “Poison Ivy” Batman character costume, which consisted of black tight-fitting yoga pants or leggings, a green ivy leaf-covered top, and a long, dark purple wig.
Sheriff’s officials said a witness reported seeing Bruck walking away from the party at around 3 a.m. with an unknown man. The pair was spotted walking toward where cars were parked, according to the witness, but it’s unknown whether or not they left together.
Investigators have received more than 600 tips from the public since Bruck went missing, but at least two of those reports involved sources who concocted stories about what they saw or knew about her disappearance. A 29-year-old Toledo woman, Kerri Carr, told detectives that her ex-boyfriend killed Bruck and dumped her body in a cemetery; while a 19-year-old Flat Rock man, Harlin Bird, said he saw two men harass and drive off with Bruck. Both were charged with lying to a police officer.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.