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3-day search of park area begins for missing teen

This aerial shot from Sky7 shows a view of the area at Chalamont Park where authorities gathered to search for clues in the disappearance of Ebby Steppach. (KATV photo)

Authorities began searching a wooded area near a Little Rock park Tuesday morning for a missing Central High School student.

Ebby Steppach, 18, was last seen in late October 2015. Her vehicle was found several days later at Chalamont Park, but there was no trace of the missing teen.

The park is located in West Little Rock off Highway 10, about a mile and a half from Cantrell Road and Chenal Parkway.

Investigators originally searched the park area in early November 2015, but they are back out now looking for any additional evidence.

When asked if they are looking for evidence or a body, LRPD's Lt. Dana Jackson tells Channel 7, "We're looking for anything."

Little Rock police, with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, are conducting an extensive three day search of the wooded area surrounding the park. Searchers are using two teams of highly-trained bloodhounds and will cover up to a mile and a half of ground.

Police say they haven't received any new evidence or information that prompted the search, but they just wanted to search the area again to make sure they didn't miss anything that might lead to finding Ebby.

Little Rock police say they are not giving up on the case, which is still classified as a missing persons case.


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