The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area this weekend is filled with tens of thousands of people who have come to enjoy the outdoor resources of the Imperial Valley.
Some, though, put off their own off-roading fun to join in a search for a San Diego girl missing from her home since Feb. 1.
We praise those who Saturday joined the search for 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, combing the open desert in a desperate search for a girl whose disappearance — and likely abduction — has gained the attention of the country.
Police searched the Imperial Valley desert a week ago in their investigation into one possible suspect who was in the Valley on Feb. 3, two days after Danielle's disappearance. But police did not find much, if anything, and have concluded their search in the desert. At last report Friday, police had no plans to return to the Imperial Valley.