UPDATE: Search continues for Baby Kate

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  • Katherine Phillips (Courtesy: Michigan State Police)
  • Sean Phillips

UPDATE 7/03/11 11:40pm - Volunteers continue to search areas of Mason County for four month old Katherine Phillips.

They hope more people will show up to help Monday.  Those who are interested are asked to meet at Path of Life Church in Ludington.

The volunteer searches will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, at least through Wednesday.

Sunday, Ludington Police reported members of the Mason County fire departments, along with county deputies and the Michigan State Police searched the railroad bed between Brye Road and Myers Road.  They also rechecked a portion of Millerton Road.

Investigators are still following leads and ask that if you have any information, call police.

UPDATE 7/02/11 at 3:51 p.m. LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say clothing has been located that a missing 4 1/2-month-old western Michigan girl was last seen wearing.

The Ludington Daily News reports Saturday that police didn't disclose where the clothing was found. The update came from a news conference.

Police have been searching the area between the Ludington apartment where Katherine Phillips lives with her mother and the Scottville home of Sean Phillips, the child's father. Phillips was arrested on kidnapping and child enticement charges.

Katherine Phillips last was seen Wednesday wearing pink shorts and a matching pink tank top with black and pink flowers.

Ariel Courtland says her daughter was in the car when Phillips drove off Wednesday afternoon from her apartment, 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Courtland says he told her Friday that Katherine is alive 




UPDATE 7/01/11 at 10:10PM (WZZM): The Ludington Police Department is asking anyone that is available to come to the Police Department (at 408 S. Harrison St.) on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 am.

Each volunteer will be provided with information and asked to go to businesses on Ludington Ave. and out US-10.

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WZZM) - The search continues in the woods of Mason County for a Ludington baby who has been missing since Wednesday afternoon.  Four month old Katherine Phillips was last seen Wednesday afternoon. 

Detectives believe Sean Phillips, 21, took her but so far he is not talking.  Today volunteers joined the search for the infant which is now focused in an area between US 31, Fountain Road, Amber Road and Dewey Road.

Anyone interested and available in helping in the search for Katherine Phillips should go to the Ludington City Hall at 400 S. Harrison.  Each volunteer will be given a copy of an informational flyer and asked to go to a local store/business and ask permission to stand in front of that business and ask customers to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858 or to contact Silent Observer at 888-STOP CRIME (888-786-7274) with any information connected to either Katherine Phillips or Sean Phillips.

Currently, the Mason County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police, F.B.I., Oceana County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Department of Corrections, and Fire Departments from the Mason County Fire Departments are conducting the search.

That search efforts if being supported by the Salvation Army.

Sean Phillips is in in jail, charged with kidnapping.  An Amber Alert remains in effect for Katherine.

For more details from Thursday, click HERE.


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