Nonprofit reaches out in search for missing girl
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 23, 2013 | 7469 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A nationwide nonprofit has reached out in the case of a teenager missing from Cartersville.

The Center for Search and Investigations in past days became involved in the case of Michele Wise, 15, who was last seen July 2.

Shawna Hutcheson, CFSI state coordinator for Georgia, said the agency received information from Wise’s family and began the follow-up process.

According to the information received, Wise was dropped off at an Atlanta restaurant where she met a friend. Hutcheson said the agency is following leads, including a tip called into Private Investigator Ron Palefsky on Sunday night.

The tip, which came from a person in Memphis, Tenn., is being pursued, but information was limited as the investigation is ongoing, Hutcheson said.

Palefsky, based in Savannah, said he began volunteering his services with CFSI last month and recently received information on Wise.

“We work on this collectively,” he said of the volunteers, adding that he was coordinating “ground troops” in Atlanta who were going door-to-door in the search for Wise.

According to a press release, “CFSI volunteers have been actively blanketing the area [where Wise was last seen] with flyers, but assistance is needed from the public to get Michele’s information out far and wide. CFSI representatives say it is imperative to circulate her information to assist in gaining information that will lead to her return to her family. Those willing and able to help are asked to please share her flyer and information via social media and printed flyers shared in as many locations as possible.”

Wise is described as 5 feet 4 inches, weighing 110 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

“We have not heard one word or had any contact with Michele since she went missing, since July 2,” Wise’s family said in a statement. “Michele, if you are reading this, we love you and miss you, and home is not home without you.”

If you have any information on Wise or her whereabouts, contact the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-382-5050 or Ron Palefsky at 912-658-6997.

CFSI Board of Directors member Lynn Wasmuth said the nonprofit, whose 501c3 status is pending with the Internal Revenue Service, operates using volunteers.

“CFSI is in the public eye via Facebook, the Internet, etc. Families are able to submit a request for assistance at www.cfsimissing.org,” she said. “We also have individuals who actively watch for missing child cases that meet our criteria so we may offer help.

“Our organization nevers accepts money for the service we provide ... We work with volunteer private investigators.”

According to information from Wasmuth, “CFSI is a nonprofit organization founded by Chuck Foreman, a special operations veteran. CFSI is comprised of volunteers who donate their time to raise awareness of the growing epidemic of children that go missing and those that are in danger of human trafficking.

“CFSI is a collaboration of three divisions that help locate children that have gone missing: CFSI, B.U.R.N. and NOMAD Truckers A.C.T.

“• CFSI — the investigation group. The investigation group is a network of licensed investigators and volunteers from around the world. CFSI has volunteers in all 50 states and eight countries.

“• Bikers Urban Response Needed (B.U.R.N) — the motorcycle group. The motorcycle group handles the tactical operations for the investigation group and also responds to state-issued Amber Alerts.

“• NOMAD Truckers A.C.T — the “not found yet” group. When the trucker group is called to action, we deploy our volunteer truckers and others to spread the missing child’s information nationwide via printed flyers left at truck stops and on the back of trucks allowing us to cover many miles very quickly as well as providing expanded services to state divisions and our volunteer private investigators.”

To find out more about Center for Search & Investigation, visit http://cfsimissing.org/.