Search For Brianna Denison Enters Fourth Week

As the search for her enters a fourth week, family and friends are still clinging to hope for the safe return of a 19-year-old college student.

More than 100 volunteers today combed areas around Reno for any
sign of Brianna Denison, who police say was abducted January 20th
by a serial rapist linked by D-N-A to a string of attacks near the
University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Claudette Springmeyer is a spokeswoman for the volunteer search
center based at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.

She says about 17-hundred volunteers have searched a 100-square-mile area around Reno over the last three weeks, and that daily searches will continue until further notice.

Denison, a student at Santa Barbara (California) City College who was visiting her hometown over winter break, was last seen sleeping on a couch at a friend's off-campus rental house.

Police have said D-N-A evidence links the suspected kidnapping
to two other attacks on women near the university late last year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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