MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Police say they’ve done 5,000 interviews, and reviewed 10,000 pages of records – and still, there’s no known trace of Alexis Patterson.
She disappeared 10 years ago Thursday, soon after her stepfather walked her to Milwaukee’s Hi-Mount Elementary School. Alexis was 7 at the time.
Her disappearance made national news for several months. But police said tips have never stopped coming in. Lieutenant Keith Balash says they still get leads each week. And he says there have been other cases around the country in which heavy publicity and community involvement have turned up people missing for long periods of time.
Police say they’ve thoroughly searched the area where Alexis Patterson vanished. They’ve checked parole files and sex offender registries to see if someone could have taken her. And they’ve traveled across Wisconsin and out of state to check leads.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says the community has not forgotten, and the search must continue for new information that could satisfy the questions over what happened to Alexis and why.
The sheriff’s office is still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her return.