Search Expands for Missing Wheelersburg Woman

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A search party was out Sunday, combing through Wayne National Forest on foot and with ATVs, looking for a young woman who was last seen in early April.

Megan Lancaster, 25, of Wheelersburg, was last seen April 3. Police have said they believe she’s in extreme danger.

Family and friends aren’t yet giving up hope and continue to search every day.

"Every day since she's been gone, and we won't quit,” Kadie Lancaster, Megan’s sister-in-law, said.

The days have turned into weeks, and the one-month mark is rapidly approaching. The family has been hoping for information that could lead them to her, but even a reward of $5,000 hasn’t brought them any real leads – just false hope.

“Everybody talks and we'll get a call that they found somebody here or there, which are never true,” Kadie said. “We get hundreds of calls, all the time, and none of them ever turn up to be anything. But that one call may be true so we always check everything.”

Sunday’s search efforts began in Wheelersburg, as about fifteen people met in a parking lot and then drove to Wayne National Forest in Lawrence County.

They said they had received tips to search there.

"I'd like to find something, you know, but I'm not sure what I want to find,” Jeremy Lancaster, Megan’s brother, said.

Kadie said she felt like Megan was somewhere close by in the forest, describing it as “an eerie feeling.”

Jimmy Williams is a family friend who said he has known Megan since she was an infant. He said they all want to find her alive, well and safe.

“Each day that passes is just another day of wondering and thinking of the worst,” Williams said.

The family is holding a benefit dinner on Monday, April 29 at the New Boston Community Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The money raised will go to Megan’s family so they can keep searching for her.

This article was contributed by WSAZ.Com in Huntington, WV