Search still on for missing Allendale teen

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November 14, 2006

The search goes on.

The Allendale County Sheriff's Department says it's probably a recovery effort by now.

But Erica Bradley's family holds on to hope the 17-year-old girl is alive.

On day 8 of Erica's disappearance, the community is stepping into help. Dozens of family, friends and even strangers to Erica spent the day combing the woods near Highway 278 and 125 where Erica was last seen arguing with her boyfriend, Derrick Maner.

"We're just taking it one day at a time," Erica's sister, Jessica Bradley, told News 12.

Pieces of what appears to be hair extensions, a sock and a black bra were found strung along the side of Bluff Road about a mile from where investigators found black tennis shoes on Sunday night.

Those shoes were similar to those that Sheriff Carter says are standard employee shoes at the Hardee's Erica worked at.

"We have not confirmed if they are hers," said Inv. Donnie Hutto. "We're still waiting on evidence to come back from SLED."

While investigators wait for crucial evidence that may piece together clues that may belong to Erica, her family says they still have hope.

"We just want some closure," said Erica's aunt, Kimberly Brown. "If someone knows something please just say it."

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was also out searching today.

Volunteers searched in the community while the sheriff's department helped look along the Savannah River.