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Search for Heidi Allen Continues in Oswego County

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Search for Heidi Allen Continues in Oswego County
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MEXICO, N.Y. -- Police are remaining tight-lipped about the search for Heidi Allen's remains.

They did reveal that there's a search and rescue team of 40 people, including several K9 units. They're using the Parish Fire Station as a home base.

They're looking on route 69, Rice Road, Bangall Road and the surrounding areas. Earlier this week deputies got permission from home owners to search on their property.

"They were going to do a grid search with some strings on the property and behind the property," said Kevin Bowman, who lives on Rice Road.

A previous tip led police to a collapsed cabin off of that very road. But Authorities said Allen's remains were never at that site. However they say they'll continue to scour areas nearby.

"This used to be you could access this property and it was kind of a dirt gravel, my point is you could get in and out here to access this because it's wide open back here and then it goes to the woods and there was no property back here and no home on the other side at that time," said Bowman.

Heidi Allen was just 18 years old when she was abducted from the gas station she worked at in New Haven.

Gary Thibodeau was convicted of Allen's kidnapping and is serving 25 to life. To this day, he maintains his innocence. Allen's disappearance has been haunting the community since 1994 and people want answers.

"Everyone, everyone would just like the truth to come out," said Bowman. "If Heidi Alllen is here somewhere that they could find it for her parents. If it leads to someone other than Gary then so be it."

Although Bowman wants the truth, he's also doubtful about the search.

"I find it difficult that they would be able to find remains out here after 20 years, it's swampy," said Bowman.

Gary Thibodeau's lawyer submitted motions earlier this summer to try to get the conviction overturned. For now he's still behind bars.

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