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Search expands for missing girl

By SHANNON COLAVECCHIO-VAN SICKLER
Published April 13, 2005


Sarah Michelle Lunde

RUSKIN -- The all-out search for 13-year-old Sarah Lunde continued Wednesday, three days after the Beth Shields Middle School student disappeared from her Ruskin home.

Hillsborough Sheriff's Capt. Craig Latimer said Wednesday that authorities have contacted 23 of the 24 registered sex offenders and predators living near the girl's home. The 24th offender is out of state and is believed to have fled before she went missing.

Eighty deputies renewed their ground search at 6 a.m. and mounted units planned to scour the area later today. A team of scuba divers went into the Little Manatee River at 11 a.m. Dozens of volunteers continued to sign up to help in the search, including Sarah's friends and fellow church members at Ruskin's First Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

Detectives said that in an unrelated incident Tuesday night they arrested David Lee Onstott, 36, of 3510 Petrova Circle, in Ruskin, who is one of the registered sexual offenders from the area. Before the arrest, he said, detectives had already identified Onstott as one of the offenders who has had contact with the Lunde family.

[Last modified April 13, 2005, 13:53:22]


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