Person of interest in disappearance of Monica Sykes in custody

Monica Sykes (Credit: Monica Sykes family)

It's been four months since a Berkeley woman went missing.

Monica Sykes, 25, was last seen just before Halloween. Her family has been searching for her ever since. But now they are getting some big time help with a national search and recovery team.

"It is another missing individual. Their family is grieving. It is the worst game of hide an seek you can play," says Dave Rader.

Rader heads up Texas Equusearch. His search team has helped track leads for high profile cases across the nation, including the search for Caylee Anthony, the daughter of Casey Anthony.

Sykes has been missing since the morning of October 28. Police say she walked out of her Berkeley home and hasn't been seen since.

Berkeley's interim chief confirms Sykes spent the night at one of his officer's homes the night before she disappeared. That officer is Robert Howard. He appeared in this online video, posted on Facebook not long before Sykes disappeared.

"He was placed on administrative leave because of things that evolved during the course of the investigation that we need to look more into. At this point, I am not going to name him as a suspect," says Interim Chief Art Jackson.

Jackson says Sykes was spotted getting into a white vehicle approximately 15 minutes after officer Howard dropped her off. But that is where the investigation has hit red tape and where Rader and his search team come in. He says Berkeley police called him in to help and search while they investigate.

"We will be meeting with the investigators and try to narrow this down the best way we can, and then again it's a task of going through and making sure something is not missed," says Rader.

Rader and his team need volunteers to help find her.

"When you see people that don't know this person from Adam, come out in the cold, donating their time and effort, that speaks volumes," he says.

If you want to volunteer, you have to be 18-years-old and dress for cold weather. Volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. the Berkeley Civic Center.

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