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SEARCH GOES ON FOR MISSING CASINO CARD DEALER

Aug. 9, 2002 – Police continued searching bush and seashore areas on Friday looking for clues to what has become of Chamonie Miller, who disappeared early Monday morning after leaving work at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino.
The Divi has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to locating the missing casino card dealer, whose whereabouts has been unknown since she gave a ride home to two co-workers, dropping them off at about 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Deputy Police Chief Angel Santos said on Friday that the V.I. National Guard, the Drug Enforcement Agency and a private company which did not want to be named have been providing helicopters to assist the Police Department in the search efforts.
Santos said police will continue searching for Miller over the weekend. "It's been rough, but our hopes are there," he said. "We can only encourage each other along the way." Police forensics, investigations, marine and canine units are involved, he said.
At the Divi Casino, Lt. Roman Cruz said employees "are very down. Everyone is hoping that she is well." He said many workers have been wearing yellow ribbons in support of the search efforts.
In a television interview, Miller's mother, Margaret Miller, asked viewers to consider the emotional strain on her family and especially on her daughter's three children. Posters were being circulated throughout the territory.
At a briefing on Friday, Police Chief Novelle Francis encouraged his staff to continue their efforts, telling them to keep positive spirits about locating Miller, Santos said.
"We just keep on encouraging them to try to develop new leads and to follow up on the intelligence we are receiving," Santos said.
He said it is not clear whether Miller met her boyfriend after his shift at the Hovensa refinery ended at midnight Sunday.
Investigators have urged anyone with information to call 911, 778-2211, or 778-4950.

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