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Volunteers committed to finding Omarion Humphrey

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 “I had to come,” said Barbara Freeman, a volunteer searching for Omarion Humphrey, the 9 year-old boy who disappeared on July 4.

When she heard about his disappearance in Davison Township, she said no other option ran through her mind.

“With him being autistic, to me it's like a newborn and if it were a baby of mine I would want everybody out here searching for him,” Freeman said.

Freeman volunteered to search on foot for the past three days, until her doctor told her to stop.

“You know I'm an old lady,” Freeman said. “I thought I'd come back here and put my time in helping the Salvation Army, you know, do what I can do here.”

In heavy rain, even the dogs can't be brought out. They do track best when it's wet. But this morning’s torrential downpours were too much.

Bill Cody has also been at Lake Callis for days, spending hours of his time searching

“If he's still physically able, he's probably moving around a lot,” Cody said. “So with that in mind they send search teams out in the same areas.”

Cody said the amount of volunteers that have showed up the past few days has been extraordinary.

“I feel someone should be doing it,” Cody said. “It's a young man with no defenses for himself. It's all of our responsibility.”

The rain may have caused search teams to take a break this morning, but that doesn't mean people have forgotten about the boy affectionately called Mars.

“It may put a damper on it but there will be those people who say hey, this baby needs to found so we're going to go,” Freeman said.

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