First and foremost- if you are reading this post, please, please help spread the word about it- so that anyone that has been searching can add a comment as to the areas they have looked.
The intention of the map you see is to be both large scale and more detailed. I am going to be providing more “zoomed in” areas so that people may see what has been searched in those areas. Since the radius is very large at 100 miles, it would be next to impossible to be able to see more minute details, such as a smaller section of a park. The maps may look a little different as far as sizing is concerned, but we will keep it as consistent as possible so that people may be able to read it, no matter your level or ability to read a map.
What you are looking at is the first (and so far only) location that has been searched (this is also why it is going to be so important to comment on areas you have looked, so we may have more data within the map). READING THE MAP: The smaller neon green circle is the location of Kira’s home. That will always be able to be seen on the map, no matter the size, so you may have orientation from her home. Anything in red (as noticed on this map) is indicative of the area searched. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for us to mark an area off. For example, if I searched a park- but only searched a 4 mile loop beginning at the parking lot and ending where I began, please note that. **** Bringing a notepad to write down details of where you have looked will not only give us the best idea of the location, but also help in the instance you are lost (please be safe, wear appropriate shoes/clothing, bring your fully charged cell phone, and don’t go in unfamiliar areas alone.)
This weekend there is a search effort that will be going on- another map will be posted Monday to update those areas.
Here are the details of that search (it is an organized search- if you are able to participate, please join. However, the other intention of the map is to be able to see where you are in relation to Kira’s house and search independent, if you would like, of those searches- and also see what areas have already been looked into).
Search time and date: Noon Saturday, March 9th.
Location: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Spring Lake. 13690 Pine Bend Trail Rosemount, MN 16.8 miles (about 21 minutes) from Kira’s home (the neon green dot).
Terrain/weather: It is expected to rain tomorrow. Dress warm/rain gear, boots or galoshes (for walking in the woods) if possible. Walking sticks recommended.
Notes on search: in an effort to be safe, please bring a fully charged cellphone. Buddy system will be in effect. There is a sign in/out sheet, both to ensure no one is lost, and also to properly record location.
An officer will be stopping by the search site to speak with the group.
One last thing- I don’t want people to become uninterested in the blog, and would like it to be as relevant and informative as possible. Please only reply or comment with relevant information as to your searches. I don’t want to bog this down with information that is not fact based. Thank you.
If you have issues seeing this map- please let me know. The space for us to insert a photo is limited, so if you are unable to zoom or save to your computer and see it larger, please don’t hesitate to speak up!
People were having trouble seeing a larger version of the map- here is a link to click on to see the maps. Going forward, I will include a small picture and the link to download and see the full version for all posts.