By Marjorie Nesin
---- — Days after a tattered pair of pink children's pants — similar to the pair toddler Caleigh Harrison wore the day of her disappearance — was found on Gloucester's Good Harbor Beach, a group that promotes the awareness of cases involving missing children will be working with law enforcement officials and others in a renewed search for Caleigh on Wednesday.
Maureen Flatley of Essex, a volunteer with Mission for the Missing, a Boston-based nonprofit, is organizing the search with law enforcement officials, dog teams, and a state forensic anthropologist. The plan, Flatley said in an email to the Times, is to conduct will conduct a land search in the area of the beach Wednesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. — a time that coincides with the 10:45 high tide.
The search teams, which will include members of Caleigh's family, will meet at 10:30 a.m. for a briefing, then the dog teams will deploy about 11 a.m.
The renewed search will come five days after a shredded pair of pink pants, said by Rockport Police Chief John "Tom" McCarthy to be "very, very similar" to those worn by 2 1/2-year-old Caleigh on April 19, when she disappeared while on an outing with her mother and then-4-year-old sister from Rockport's Long Beach, were found tangled in some lobster gear by a man walking along the shore last Friday.
McCarthy told the Times on Monday that Caleigh's mother, Allison Hammond of Gloucester, was unable to say "with certainty" that the pants are Caleigh's; police officials are sending the pants to a lab to undergo DNA testing.
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