The search for Daisy Jo Holland was among the largest and most comprehensive operations and investigations I have been a part of in over 30 years of law enforcement service. The time of day, weather conditions, holiday weekend and scope of the investigation created challenges that would tax all but the largest law enforcement agencies. More than 47 investigators, including 22 FBI agents and 10 BCA agents, followed every lead and interviewed innumerable people.
This incident received extensive media coverage and generated significant public interest. I think it is important to give the community a clear picture of the effort that was put forth to find Daisy. Listed below is the most current accounting of the numerous public safety agencies, private organizations, businesses and community members who participated in this effort. To anyone I may have missed, I sincerely apologize. Every one of you has my deepest respect and gratitude. To the numerous other agencies and volunteers who offered their services but weren’t called upon, my sincere thanks.
If there is anything positive to come from this tragedy, it is the comfort gained in knowing how many resources are available, professional and volunteer, that may be called upon in a time of need. This incident showed public safety services and the community at its best. Thank you! — Bradley R. Rolfe, Elk River Chief of Police
(Editor’s note: The following is a list that has been assembled by the police department of those that came to aid search efforts. Elk River Police, Elk River Fire, Elk River Ambulance Service, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, Sherburne County CERT, Sherburne County Health and Human Services, Big Lake Police Department, Big Lake CERT, Big Lake Fire Department, Becker Police Department, Ramsey Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Hennepin County Sheriff’ Office, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. Croix County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office, Team Adam, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; North Star Search and Rescue (K-9); Allina Health; Elk River School District; more than 300 community volunteer searchers; Vision Transportation, Salvation Army and a Ham Radio Club.
Businesses who came to aid were: Pizza Ranch, KFC, Coborn’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Domino’s, Jimmy John’s, Costco and Little Caesar’s Pizza.
There were also an unknown number of citizen donations of food, water and other provisions.)