The Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team was started in August, 2000 to provide volunteer horse mounted search and recovery for lost and missing persons. The team's director, Tim Miller, created the volunteer, non-profit organization in honor of his daughter Laura, who was abducted and murdered in 1984.
In September 1984, 16-year-old Laura vanished. Tim quickly went to the police department to file a missing persons report. But, his concerns about his daughter were quickly brushed aside. Police told Tim that his daughter had run away and that he just had to wait for her to call.
Then, Tim heard of some disturbing news. The remains of a young woman, Heidi Villareal Fye, were found five months before Laura disappeared near an abandoned oil field in League City, Texas. What astonished Tim was that Heidi had lived only four blocks from the Miller's home.
Seventeen months after Laura's disappearance, Tim received the news he had been dreading. Two bodies were found in the same abandoned oil field as Heidi Fye. One of those young women was identified as Tim's daughter, Laura. Two decades later, Laura's murder is stil unsolved, but Tim Miller is not a quitter.
Tim Miller decided to pour his energy into creating a group that could help others in locating their missing loved ones. The result: EquuSeach, a mounted search and rescue team with volunteers world-wide. EquuSearch has expanded to include not only land searching capabilites but also water, through the use of high-tech sonar equipment.
EquuSearch has traveled across the globe to search and recover missing persons. The volunteer efforts have led to the recovery of missing people. In the summer of 2005, EquuSearch joined the search for Natalee Holloway who disappeared while on a vacation in Aruba in May.