POLICE REPORT: Federal officials responded to Bullard church within 2 hours of Kayla Gomez's disappearance


FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com

Federal agencies were at the Bullard First Assembly of God Church within two hours from when the first officer responded to Kayla Gomez-Orozco’s disappearance.

An 11-page report filed by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Monroe, details the timeline of how first responders searched for Kayla.

The report was released to the Tyler Morning Telegraphon Friday afternoon.

Monroe was the first to the church at 8:32 p.m., and he called for additional support at 8:39 p.m.

By 8:46 p.m., the church property had been searched by the Bullard Police Department, and then Monroe decided to check it one more time himself.

He then went to the neighboring restaurant, Taco El Conquistador, to see if they had video footage, but reported the cameras were not working.

At 8:55 p.m., police began patrolling nearby county roads, and by 9:09 p.m. the Bullard Fire Department had searched the immediate area. North Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department was then called in, according to the report.

Close to 10 p.m., Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell was on scene, along with several members of his leadership staff.

Shortly after, at 10:06 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety came to help.

At 10:33 p.m., tracking dogs were brought in from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Rusk. Sgt. Monroe’s report states that’s about the time when representatives from the Texas Rangers and the FBI arrived at the church.

Monroe remained on scene until 12:40 a.m. on Nov. 2.

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