Texas group joins search for missing Arkansas teen
WALNUT RIDGE (KAIT) - The search continues for a missing 14-year-old girl in east Arkansas and a Texas group has joined the effort.
"Law enforcement contacted us last Friday and asked for our assistance to kind of give them a break so they can follow up on their leads," said David Rader of Texas EquuSearch. "And this is what we do best."
Sidney Randall, 14, disappeared March 9 around 10:00 p.m. and the only suspect in the case died Monday when he reportedly killed himself. Rader's team started their work Monday looking for the Walnut Ridge 8th grader but said that the biggest push will come this weekend.
"Since it's a Monday we've got about eight people out on foot and I've got about five ATVs that are covering the south end of town....I've actually got 8 more volunteers from our chapter coming down from Ohio this weekend. We're going to do everything we possibly can to bring Sidney home."
Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richy Thatcher said they are nowhere near stopping this search or investigation.
"A lot of our guys and girls are getting very tired," Thatcher said. "We're just run down. Instead of stopping, we're calling in other resources. When this thing gets done, I've already got a list of people that's waiting to come help."
Thatcher said Texas EquuSearch taking over the search effort frees up his officers to focus on the investigation aspect of this case.