Saturday morning, 245 confirmed volunteers and 20 plus LawÂ Enforcement Officers met at the Walnut Ridge Police Complex before moving intoÂ the area of Portia and Clover Bend to continue the search for missing 14 yearÂ old Sidney Randall.
As the search is about to enter the third week, the Walnut RidgeÂ Police Department in a joint effort with the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s OfficeÂ organized the second volunteer search since the disappearance of Sidney Randall.Â
Along with horse riders, atv riders and searchers, 13 search boatsÂ from all over the State of Arkansas entered the area and searched the entireÂ area despite the rainy weather. The area of the county searched was an area fromÂ Clover Bend to Portia along the county roads and field roads, boaters, kayaksÂ and canoes searched Portia Bay, Shirey Bay, several unnamed bodies of water andÂ the Black River from Spring River to the Jackson County line.
According to organizers, searchers did a well organized search ofÂ the areas. Four search districts were established with three being on land andÂ one on water. Each area received a mix of horse riders, atv and walkers to clearÂ the assigned area. Several articles of clothing were discoveredÂ in the area, but none believed to belong to the missing.
The City of Portia opened itâ€™s Community Center up to volunteersÂ who were served sandwiches, chips and drinks for lunch, thanks to donationsÂ received to feed the volunteers.
Several groups of horses were on hand, including the LawrenceÂ County Mounted Patrol and the Craighead County Mounted Patrol. Individuals fromÂ as far away and southern Louisiana and Hobart Indiana joined in the search onÂ Saturday. Search Teams from Randolph County, Lawrence County, Pope County andÂ fire department members from all across the state mixed with volunteers fromÂ across the state to assist the search efforts.
With the Saturday search complete, organizers will meet again onÂ Monday to review the maps and decide on organized future searches. Officers fromÂ the WRPD and deputies from the Sheriffâ€™s Office continue each day to follow upÂ on calls and search areas of interest.
For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office, visitÂ www.
lawrencecountysheriffsoffice. com .
For more information on the Walnut Ridge Police Department, visitÂ www.cityofwalnutridge.com .