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DAVENPORT, Iowa - On Thursday, January 30th, 2014, friends and family are holding a fundraiser to continue the search efforts for Carrie Olson. Organizers say the event is also about raising awareness on Olson's case since it's been nearly five weeks since she disappeared.
The fundraiser takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rivals Sports Bar and Grill, 1720 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport.
Carrie was last seen the weekend before New Year's. A surveillance camera recorded her getting gas at the 7-Eleven in Rock Island. After that, her father says she disappeared.
"She doesn't show up for work," Dave Olson said on Jan. 2. "She doesn't talk to her mom. There's something wrong, but we don't know what. I don't have any other answers."
More than one month later, family and friends still don't. For the last four weeks, volunteers have been searching all around the area for any clue of Olson. Her wallet, cell phone, laptop, and a navy blue blanket from her car is also missing.
Davenport Police are also looking for a man who went missing right before Christmas. 45-year-old Willis Hughes was last seen at his home on the night of Dec. 21.
Davenport Police are also involved. On Thursday, Jan. 30, Assistant Chief Don Schaeffer released a statement saying, "Both 'missing person' investigations are still active and we have not reduced the investigators assigned. The investigators are following up on all leads and tips and encourage anyone that may have any information that may not have been reported, are asked do so. They can do so by calling the Detective Bureau at (563) 888-2094 or the Station Supervisor at (563) 326-6125."
Meanwhile, rewards for any information on Olson's whereabouts are growing. Per Mar Security Services is offering up to $10,000 and a fund by the family is taking donations at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.
The community – and country – are staying updated through a Facebook page that has more than 19,000 followers as of Thursday, Jan. 30.