BUSTI – About 50 law enforcement officers from the State Police and various local agencies fanned out Tuesday for a search related to a cold case that goes back to October 2008.
That’s when Corey L. Anderson of the Jamestown area was reported missing by family members after the 36-year-old mother of four failed to pick up her young child from school. Days later, Anderson’s 2005 Dodge Caravan was found on a remote farm road bordering a heavily wooded area in the Town of Busti, several miles from Jamestown. The van could not be seen from a public road.
Trooper James O’Callaghan, a public information officer with the State Police, said the early morning search was not precipitated by any specific new evidence, but a cumulation of tips that have been received over the eight years since Anderson’s disappearance.
“Over the last eight years on our tip line, we’ve received eight years worth of tips. So it’s been quite a bit. Basically, we just want to make sure of what we can rule out. Or, if any of those tips could lead us to new information, we want to make sure we act on it,” Callaghan said. The broad search was conducted at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Kortwright Road.
“This is the ideal time for us to do a search in an area like a wooded area, only because we’re coming out of a winter thaw, the temperatures are decent and there is low foliage,” O’Callaghan said.
In October 2008, authorities conducted a thorough search of Anderson’s van and the remote area where it was found.