WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KTHV) -- A body pulled from the Black River over the weekend was confirmed to be that of 14-year-old Sidney Randall on Monday.
The town of Walnut Ridge was thrust into the spotlight during the last two months ever since Randall's disappearance. During that time, the town has had to deal with not knowing what happened to her, and now that her body has been found, it now has to cope with her loss.
"It's just such a tragic thing you know," said Walnut Ridge resident Jackie Cude. "A 14-year-old girl and what took place. The community's really upset by it."
People in Walnut Ridge believe it will take a long time for the community to heal in the wake of Sidney Randall's death, and while the search is now over ,many questions remain.
"Lots of unanswered questions," Amanda Graves told THV 11. "Not knowing, and it's affected the school children more than anything with her being such a young girl and everything. It's something that you just don't think is going to happen in your small town, and when it does, it's devastating."
"There are really a lot of people upset about it," added Cude. "She was just a young girl, and it's really a tragic thing, and it will take a while for the town to get back to normal again."
Authorities found the prime suspect in Sidney's disappearance, her step-father, dead two days later in an apparent suicide. Police believe John Cornel, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a truck parked in a field in the Walnut Ridge area.
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