Missing Sabrina

Search for Sabrina returns to pond

Times staff writer

©St. Petersburg Times, published December 6, 1997

BRANDON -- Divers from three agencies joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office dive team Friday to scour the edges of a large pond just south of the neighborhood from which Sabrina Aisenberg vanished Nov. 24.

Dive team members make several search passes in a pond,just north of where 5-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg was found missing. The pond is the closest one to the Aisenberg residence.
(Times photo: Aimee Jeansonne)
It was their second search of the pond that failed to provide any leads into the disappearance of the 5-month-old daughter of Steve and Marlene Aisenberg. About 25 divers, from the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties sheriff's departments, were involved in the all-day search.

"We asked for assistance because it's such a large area," said sheriff's Lt. Greg Brown.

Meanwhile, Tampa attorney Barry Cohen on Friday continued to direct the Aisenbergs to decline to be interviewed. The couple videotaped a statement the night after their daughter disappeared in which they pleaded for her safe return, but have made no other public comments.

Cohen said he could not say how long an FBI agent would remain inside the Aisenberg home, or when a sheriff's patrol car would end its vigil outside the home. The house, in a Bloomingdale subdivision, continues to be surrounded in yellow crime scene tape.

While that has been "pretty tough" on the Aisenberg family, Cohen said he felt the authorities were acting reasonably.

"Everybody's got to be suspect. Whatever they do is within reason. It's responsible," he said.

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