Search Widens

Police Step Up Efforts For Missing Woman

Jeanine Harms
Los Gatos police are expanding their search today for missing Jeanine Harms, who has not been seen for a week.

Sgt. Kerry Harris said that at 7 a.m. detectives executed a search warrant at the Santa Clara home of William Alex Wilson III, the man who met Harms at around 6:45 last Friday night at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell.

"They searched his house, his car and his person, by which I mean obtaining a DNA sample," Harris said.

Police have not named him as a suspect.

"By all accounts, he was with her until about 10 p.m.," Harris said, adding that officers will return to Wilson's residence with a search dog "to reinforce the search by our detectives."

Detectives are also working to corroborate the story of another man, who has not been identified but who reportedly told police he followed Harms home from the brewery and stayed with her in her home until about midnight. Police say the man told them that when he left Harms' home that night, nothing seemed amiss.

He is not considered a suspect either.

"We are still having fruitful communication with the second person," Harris said.

A search for Harms is being conducted today by police and members of the community, including personnel from the police volunteer program, along with Harms' co-workers and family members. Harris said he briefed a group of search volunteers at about 9 a.m. today and hopes that the extra attention called to the case will yield more clues from someone who may not have heard the story yet and could provide useful information.

"They'll be distributing fliers and canvassing the areas around Ms. Harms' home," Harris said.

Officers are also continuing their search today, with a focus on state Highway 17, particularly "the shoulder of the road, and wooded, brushy areas along the highway in Los Gatos all the way up to Campbell," he explained.

Yesterday, officers and search dogs scoured open and wooded areas of Vasona Park at Blossom Hill Road, the Los Gatos Creek Park and the Los Gatos Creek Trail, but found no sign of the missing woman.

Anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of Jeanine Harms is asked to call (408) 354-8600 or the 24-hour Jeanine Harms tip line at (408) 395-1101.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2001

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