The search continues for Lawrence County continues even at this hour for missing 14 year old Sidney Randall. Members of the Walnut Ridge Police Department, Arkansas State Police and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office continued the search on Wednesday.

Sheriff Dotson sent out a request for property owners to search their property and report findings to the Lawrence County Dispatch, according to Sheriff Dotson the dispatch center has many calls from owners reporting their property to be clear, saving the searchers time and efforts. Walnut Ridge Police today were assisted by numerous K-9 searchers and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Dive Team in clearing several areas around the 412/67 on ramps. Deputies on ATV’s searched numerous miles of farm roads and fields while other deputies checked county roads, abandoned buildings, hunting cabins and followed up any possible sightings.
Sidney Randall’s step-father John Cornell ,who was wanted for questioning in Sidney’s disappearance, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound some 200 yards from his truck on Monday which was parked on a field road off Lawrence 438. John Cornell was an avid outdoorsman who frequented the back roads, hills, and wooded properties throughout the Lawrence County area. Tips are still coming in reporting possible locations that need to be searched, WRPD and LCSO efforts continue throughout the night searching these areas.
No new information on the case has come in, further making search efforts difficult. Sheriff Dotson and Chief Thatcher both want to reassure the public that each and every tip received is being followed up on and they appreciate any information the public has to offer. Arkansas State Police continue to assist with investigative efforts on the case.
Members of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Dive Team used small boats to search lower parts of Running Water Creek before moving search efforts back to the Black River. The River was searched from north of and area known as “McEntire Beach” down to Black Rock, searchers used three boats in this area and were assisted by the Arkansas State Parks.
Other agencies assisting were the Hoxie Police Department, Arkansas Game and Fish, Walnut Ridge Fire Department, American Red Cross as well as numerous K-9 search teams from other police offices and Sheriff’s Departments.
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If you have tips concerning this case please contact the Lawrence County Dispatch at 870-886-2525 or .