Search comes up cold
Vicki Wheeler of Greenfield searches for lost friend Rebecca Streeter, 35, in Temple Woods on Sunday. Seven people searched the wooded area for upwards of two hours in hopes of finding clues towards Streeter's location.
Members of the Sunday search party for missing Greenfield resident Rebecca Streeter, 35, walk the road cutting through Temple Woods.
GREENFIELD — Anxious friends and family hiked and slid through the icy woods and lots of east Greenfield on Sunday, looking for any sign of Rebecca Streeter.
Friends and family hadn’t seen the 35-year-old Greenfield woman in almost three weeks, since Feb. 25.
A group of 15 gathered behind the Greenfield Center School on Montague City Road — opposite and a short jog south of Streeter’s Camp Avenue home — praying that Streeter was alive and well before dividing into smaller groups and heading north into Temple Woods, Highland Park and the outskirts of Rocky Mountain Park.
Vicki Wheeler, 43, of Greenfield said she has known Streeter for a little over a year through hula-hooping and karaoke, and expressed worry.
“She was upset about her sister, her younger sister recently passed away and she was having a hard time coping with that,” Wheeler said. Wheeler said she last spoke to Streeter when her sister was in the hospital last month.
Wheeler’s concern for her friend intensified last week, with a new addition to the family.
“I was told she had a new grandbaby Monday,” Wheeler said. “I think she would have come home for that.”
The search turned up little more than a pair of women’s leather boots abandoned by the side of Mountain Road, duly marked by the searchers with a piece of bright tape but not the Ugg footwear police think she was wearing when she left the house, without her keys or phone.
Greenfield police have said they do not suspect foul play.
The search of the woods north of Streeter’s home was organized by Lisa Lano, a professional psychic contacted by Kerry Spaulding of Hinsdale, a long-time friend of Streeter’s.
Spaulding said she has known Streeter since both were 6 years old.
“We just want to make sure she’s found and hopefully she comes home safely,” Spaulding said. “We’re hoping to find some clue as to where she is.”
The initial search turned up nothing but the boots, and the group reconvened at noon before heading off again to search other areas.
Carl Renfrew, 57, of Greenfield and Jay Bourque, 45, of Gill, were among the first to arrive in the morning and spent the day walking the lower reaches of the surrounding area.
“That’s why I’m here,” Bourque said, indicating a crying friend of Streeter’s after the group had re-convened, empty handed, in the parking lot. “I’d rather find nothing and ease a mind.”
Bourque, who said he is a family friend, and Renfrew, who said he knew Streeter a little through their children, continued their search along the icy southern bank of the Deerfield River, below the Cheapside railroad bridge, hoping to rule out another area.
Tina and Ralph Streeter of Orange, Rebecca Streeter’s aunt and uncle, said they hadn’t seen Rebecca in some time but saw the search notice in the paper and came out to help. Both were subdued.
“Maybe she’ll show up, maybe she’ll come back some day, but it doesn’t seem likely,” Tina said.
Wandering among the bare trees and packed ice trails of Highland Park, the Streeters and friends described Rebecca as a caring woman who volunteered at the YMCA and made hula-hoops for children.
In the weeks since she went missing, police have searched the area of her home and the Farren Care Center in Montague City, on a social media tip, and found nothing.
Greenfield police Detective Todd Clark said the department is waiting on the availability of State Police equipment to conduct a search of the river. The Deerfield River runs by Streeter’s home on Camp Avenue into the Connecticut River.
“We’ve been following up on daily leads but nothing has panned out,” Clark said.
Anyone with information regarding Streeter’s whereabouts is asked to call the Greenfield Police Department at 413-773-5411.
You can reach Chris Curtis at: email@example.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257