Sidney Randall (Photo: Arkansas State Police)
Sidney Randell (Photo: Walnut Ridge Police Department)
John Cornell (Photo: Walnut Ridge Police Department)
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Authorities in Lawrence County are still looking for a 14-year-old girl who vanished last weekend.
While the search continues for Sidney Nicole Randall, authorities are grasping for any lead that could spark her discovery. Crews focused their attention for a second day on a piece of farm land off of Lawrence County Road 438, where Monday authorities found the body of John Cornell-the girl's stepfather. Authorities said they believe he shot himself.
"We are down toward the Cloverbend area where Mr. Cornell had actually worked on the farm. We are searching different locations down by the farm," said Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richey Thatcher.
Walnut Ridge Police caught word of Randall's disappearance early Sunday morning when the girl's mother, Denise Cornell, called 911.
Denise Cornell told Police once she made the call to authorities, her husband John pulled up into their driveway, and she said when she told him about the girl's disappearance, he didn't believe her and left. Cornell wasn't seen again until Police found him 200 yards from his truck, lying in a ditch with a gunshot wound.
"We've had my detective and the Sheriff's Department detective with different gas stations around the area, different grocery stores, you know Wal-Mart, things like that, checking any video surveillance that we could get just to see if we could locate the last time Mr. Cornell was seen or if Sidney was with him," Thatcher explained.
A man in the area who said he worked with Cornell told THV 11 News that he was an avid hunter and fisherman, and seemed like an everyday guy.
Cornell's body was taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy
State police used a helicopter on Monday to look for Sidney. Search crews are now using four-wheelers, boats, and mules to aid with the search.
Authorities said they'll continue looking throughout the night.
According to Arkansas State Police, Randall was last seen around 10 p.m. Saturday wearing a brown Aeropostale jacket. She stands at 5 feet, 4 inches and weighs 85 pounds. She has brown hair just below shoulder length and has green eyes.
The Walnut Ridge Police Department fears she is in serious danger.
If you have seen Sidney Nicole Randall or know of her whereabouts, please contact the Walnut Ridge Police Department as soon as possible at (870) 886-3568.