When people are lost or go missing, there are individuals that will go the extra mile to search for them and bring them back to their families. Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch is one of those extraordinary people. He has the ability to utilize the most effective search and recovery strategies and skills to lead volunteer searchers to find missing children, adults, and older adults. As long as there is a glimmer of hope, Tim will do whatever it takes to find the missing person and return them to their loved ones, asking nothing in return.
Texas EquuSearch provides search and recovery efforts to local, state, and national law enforcement agencies, other search and recovery organizations, and to families to help locate lost or missing persons. Established in 2000, Texas EquuSearch dedicates every search and recovery mission to the loving memory of Laura Miller, Tim Miller’s daughter, who was abducted and murdered in Galveston County Texas in 1984. The motto of Texas EquuSearch, “Lost Is Not Alone,” drives the tireless efforts of their members to search for missing persons in any type of situation and environment, day or night.
Tim Miller’s strength is that he never gives up, even when law enforcement is ready to suspend a search. This was evident in the search for 2 ½ year old Devon Davis. On March 6, 2012 Devon was last seen inside his family’s home around 3:30 p.m. When the mother awoke and could not find the boy, she alerted authorities. Two days later, the Liberty County Sherriff’s department asked Tim Miller and Texas EquuSearch to bring their sonar equipment and trained searchers to assist in the search for the toddler. After four days and nights of endless searching under treacherous conditions, law enforcement was ready to call off the search. Tim Miller asked to try one more type of search and recovery method to find him. They used an unmanned low altitude drone with digital photography for reconnaissance in a pond close to the house. A picture taken by the drone showed little Devon’s body lying between two alligators at the edge of the pond.
The unique strengths and assets of Texas Equusearch make them the most nationally recognized and respected volunteer search and recovery agency in the United States. The FBI has credited them with the highest find rate in the nation, greater than all other Search and Rescue organizations. Since 2000, Texas EquuSearch has been involved in more than 1275 searches in the United States, Aruba, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, resulting in the recovery of over 300 persons found alive and 136 deceased.
Tim’s leadership, vision, and compassion for others are special and should be recognized. Everyone has their own destiny but not everyone decides to follow it. If Tim didn’t do what he does the best, there would still be many people missing today.