By PATTI KLEVORN AND
JENNIFER LINN HARTLEY
of the Daily News Staff
Just what happened to this little girl and where is she now?
That’s what police are trying to determine.
They, with the help of firefighters and other law enforcement authorities — 70 to 80 so far — continue to search areas they think may be of interest, including several locations this weekend.
Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett said the last he knew about 140 tips on the case had come in. When a tip comes in, Barnett said, an investigator contacts the person who submitted it and tries to glean any additional information. Based on what the tip is, and if it fits in with the case, a disposition is written and police look into it further.
Police did confirm during the weekend the clothes
baby Kate was described as wearing Wednesday have been found. Police did not say where exactly they were, whether they were with Sean or found separately from him.
They did not elaborate what that might mean for the case.
In addition to searches done by public safety personnel, Kate’s family has also searched for her.
“We all have the same goal,” Barnett said of the family’s search project.
The loved ones and law enforcement officers involved all want the same thing: find baby Kate.
Just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, police say Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland, and kidnapping suspect Sean Phillips got into an argument outside of Courtland’s Tinkham Avenue apartment.
Sean was seen at Wendy’s on U.S. 10 shortly after 1 p.m., also. Police believe he went to Wendy’s after he left Courtland’s apartment.
Police located Sean at his parents house on Millerton Road in Victory Township at “roughly” 4 p.m. The baby was not with him.
Police need tips to determine where he may have gone with the baby in that time period. He was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue four-door vehicle, which is now in police possession.
Sean Michael Phillips’ attorney, Annette Smedley, has not returned phone
calls or email. His family has not yet returned a phone call.
He is in jail on a kidnapping charge and has invoked his constitutional rights not to share information with law enforcement. His bond is set at $500,000.