Police search Campbell’s Island in connection to Trudy Appleby case

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Multiple law enforcement agencies were out searching along Campbell's Island Monday afternoon, October 2nd in connection to the Trudy Appleby case.

"Her grandmas gone now, her moms gone now, she's gone, it's time to put this thing to an end," said Dennis Appleby, Trudy's father.

Interviews with a person of interest in the case led them to search two lots on Campbell's Island, according to a statement from the Moline Police Department.   Police did not name the person of interest they were referring to but say it is a family member of the prime suspect William "Ed" Smith they named back in August.

The lot searched is where David Whipple used to live back in 1996, he's the son-in-law of Ed Smith.

Whipple told police he saw Smith with Trudy the day she disappeared, Trudy's father says he still believes Whipple knows what happened to his daughter.

"He knows, he knows, he knows and sooner or later he's gonna give it up and he don't want me to come talk to him," said Appleby.

To help with the search, Moline Police contacted Canine Search Solutions out of Wisconsin who brought Cadaver Dogs, the statement said.  The dogs are trained to smell human remains.

"We did not find any human remains, we did not find anything that we can specifically say was related to Trudy Appleby but we did find items that we're gonna process for evidence," said Detective Michael Griffin, Moline Police Department.

"It is important to note the K9 could be alerting human remains or the odor of human remains and not specifically Trudy Appleby," read the statement.

The family of Trudy Appleby is being kept up-to-date as the investigation unfolds and they are still hopeful someone will tell police what happened to their beloved Trudy.

"I miss the 11-year-old girl in the picture and that's who I want justice for and it's gonna happen," said Ray Eddleman, Trudy's uncle.

Related: Trudy Appleby’s dad to main witness in disappearance case; ‘I’m calling you out’ 

Appleby witness says someone is hiding a secret, but it’s not him

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