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No Lull In Hunt For Danielle After Arrest

Sunday, 24 February 2002 12:00 AM

Last Friday's arrest of David Westerfield was a major development in the baffling case, but Danielle van Dam's parents still don't have their daughter back and have continued to call for volunteers to comb remote areas for possible clues.

More than 200 volunteers turned out Saturday for a search of areas of the Cleveland National Forest off Interstate 8, and the desert around the small town of Glamis in Imperial County east of San Diego. Although no sign of the child was reported, search parties once again fanned out in the two locations on Sunday.

"We consider this a high-probability area because it is very accessible on the trip east and west along Interstate 8," Bill Garcia, a private investigator and volunteer, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Danielle Recovery Center, a volunteer group that is organizing the searches, hopes to conduct at least one large-scale search daily beginning on Monday. The group was also seeking volunteer pilots for an aerial search.

Imperial County and the forest and mountains east of San Diego are of interest because Westerfield told police before his arrest that he had gone on an unaccompanied camping trip to the Glamis area on the morning of Feb. 1, the day Danielle was discovered missing.

Westerfield was arrested based on DNA tests that matched small bloodstains found in his motor home and on his clothing with Danielle. A search of his house in the Sabre Springs subdivision turned up what police believe may be child pornography.

The divorced self-employed engineer was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday afternoon on charges of kidnapping and burglary. No murder charges have been filed.

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