Thursday searchers from Walnut Ridge Police, Lawrence CountyÂ Sheriffâ€™s Deputies, Arkansas State Parks, Sheriffâ€™s Dive Team and othersÂ continued their search in Lawrence County for missing 14 year old SidneyÂ Randall.
Sheriffâ€™s Deputies on ATVâ€™s conducted searched of areas in theÂ Smithville area, exhausting every possible tip or lead before moving to otherÂ areas in the county. A map has been established and put on the Sheriffâ€™s websiteÂ and our Facebook page to show areas that have been covered byÂ searches.
The Sheriffâ€™s Dive Team along with members of the Pocahontas FireÂ Department Dive Team and Arkansas State Parks set up at the Running Water BridgeÂ located on Hwy 63 between Portia and Hoxie. Several calls have been madeÂ concerning the area, Sheriff Dotson and Chief Thatcher both requested the areaÂ be cleared by divers. The dive team cleared around half of the area today andÂ will return and complete the dives tomorrow of the area. Divers encounteredÂ depths of around 18 to 20 feet in the search today and have measured theÂ remaining depth on the south side of the bridge which is 30 to 35 feet deepÂ according to measurements.
Tomorrow the Pocahontas Fire Department Dive Team is bringing aÂ boat with sonar to search the Clear Lake, Wilson Lake and areas of the BlackÂ River. The Lawrence County Dive Team boat will be with the Pocahontas Dive TeamÂ assisting.
A map highlightedÂ with Â yellow for the searched areas was posted on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page today and an updated map later this afternoon with more areas that have been covered.
Sheriff Dotson is still urging property owners to check theirÂ property and report it to the Lawrence County Dispatch, these areas will then beÂ cleared on the map as secure. Deputies will continue to work through the nightÂ in hopes of finding Sidney Randall.
For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office, visit www.
lawrencecountysheriffsoffice. comÂ .
For more information on the Walnut Ridge Police Department, visit www.cityofwalnutridge.comÂ .