VALDOSTA -- The search for a slain Jacksonville, Fla., infant in the Onyx Landfill ended Thursday without a body or trace of evidence.

Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk told the team of volunteers from his office to be proud of the job they had done regardless of the outcome.

"They can hold their heads high and have nothing to be ashamed of," he said. "We know that we did everything possible to find the baby. I am extremely grateful for our people and proud of their response to this situation."

Paulk said he had 60 people volunteer during the week with 15 working all four days and the others in two-day shifts. Armed with rakes and pitchforks, volunteers sifted through tons of trash in their search for Jay Quan Mosley.

"You would have thought the employees from our office and the Jacksonville office had worked together for years," Paulk said. "We knew we were working towards a common goal, and the better we worked together, the faster it would go."

By Wednesday, the crew was able to sort through 250 tons of trash from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Paulk said they had the operation down to a science.

Lt. Ricky Crosby played an instrumental role in the smoothness of the operation with his day-to-day working with the crews. Paulk said the Jacksonville office commented on the outstanding job by Crosby.

"We all wanted to give the family some closure, but you can't do this job without dealing with disappointment," Paulk said. "Things don't always go in our favor, but we will move forward from here."

To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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