Elements found on Sean Phillips' shoes may lead police to Baby Kate

Sean Phillips, Kate's father, was convicted of the unlawful imprisonment of his daughter.

At a press conference this morning, Ludington Police announced that they will search more areas in an effort to find Baby Kate.

Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett said today that police are still examining material found on Sean Phillips' shoes in an effort to determine where his daughter was left.

Barnett said through the course of the investigation, additional material has been identified on the shoes. Soil scientists from Michigan State University found a seed of sedge, a form of grass, which was identified to be an extremely rare sedge only found in a few locations in the surrounding area.

Another seed was found and determined to be more common, but extremely rare to be found in the same area as the first seed.

In addition to these seeds, organic sediments were found that typically live in the acidic waters of wetlands.

These discoveries are significant because give law enforcement a better idea of where Sean was walking on the day that Baby Kate went missing.

"The location that would support all of these elements is so rare and specific to the surrounding area, that it is only a matter of time before the exact location is found," Barnett said in a press release this morning.

Ludington Police will be searching the areas to either confirm or eliminate the possibility of Phillips being there.

Police are asking for volunteers to have experience and credentials in plant identification to team up with professors from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the Chicago Field Museum to search these sites.

The two day search will take place on June 28 and 29. Those who fit the criteria for search volunteers can sign up at the City of Ludington website. Those selected will be contacted by Detective Wells.

"It is the confident opinion of investigators that it is not a matter of if we can find this location, but rather when," Barnett said.

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