Today, Sheriff Jody Dotson accompanied members of the Lawrence County Dive Team as they cleared several areas of interest as well as re-searched areas.

The first initial search performed today was on a waist deep ditch on Lawrence 405, Dive Team members waded the water after several K-9’s alerted on the area late Sunday night. Members also used ATV’s to check the swampy area around the ditch, nothing was located.

After reporting their findings back to the command center which has been moved to the Walnut Ridge Community Center, the Sheriff accompanied the Dive Team back to Running Water near where the body of John Cornell was discovered last Monday.

LCSO Dive Team Members traveled Running Water again, retracing original searches. The water has subsided some 2 feet, the creek is dry in many place allowing searchers to examine the bottom. The fields and farm roads in the area of the 400’s was searched again, hoping to yield new clues.

Sheriff Dotson stated that no new credible leads had come into his office or the WRPD. Dotson and Chief Thatcher have had constant communication though this entire situation.

Texas Equusearch is on scene at the Walnut Ridge Community Center’s Command Post, according to Chief Thatcher or the Walnut Ridge Police Department, Equusearch organizes volunteers and keeps a record of areas searched by those volunteering, reporting findings back to Chief Thatcher and Sheriff Dotson. The Arkansas State Police continues to assist investigators from WRPD and LCSO.