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Crews continue search for missing teen

Sidney Nicole Randall, 14, was last seen Saturday night. Sidney Nicole Randall, 14, was last seen Saturday night.
John Cornell was found dead Monday afternoon John Cornell was found dead Monday afternoon
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WALNUT RIDGE, AR -

(KAIT) - The search for a missing Arkansas teen continues Wednesday. Arkansas State Police issued a level two Morgan Nick Amber Alert for 14-year-old Sidney Nicole Randall after the main suspect in her disappearance was found dead Monday afternoon.

And now, the Arkansas Search Dogs Association and at least a dozen people from the community are involved in the search.

The trained dogs are trying to pick up Randall's scent. But so far, they haven't found anything that would lead them to her.

That could change after authorities put out the call to the community for residents to check their own property for any clues.

"Your barns, your sheds, any empty old house," said Jody Dotson, Lawrence County Sheriff. "Any place that you have, you know your property best."

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the girl's stepdad, John Cornell, was found dead on a farm road just outside of Walnut Ridge.

"We got a phone call into our 911 Dispatch Center, a subject was out running a track hoe on one of the county roads cleaning a ditch, had located a truck fitting the description of Mr. Cornell's," Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richy Thatcher said. "Approximately 200 yards past the truck, we found the body of Mr. Cornell.

The sheriff's department said Cornell was in the red Ford Ranger they had been searching for since Randall disappeared around 10 p.m. Saturday. He died as a result of a gunshot wound. Police do believe he died as a result of suicide.

Detectives say they were searching for Cornell so that they could question him in connection with his stepdaughter's disappearance.

Prior to John Cornell's body being discovered, Randall's mother expressed concern for her daughter.

"She has an upcoming pageant in April, and that's how I know she wouldn't have left willingly," said Sidney's mother, Denise Cornell.

Cornell said all signs point to Randell having been forced from the house sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

"She would not have just got up in the middle of the night and take off without her makeup," said Denise.

Cornell's friends and family are working to spread the word about her disappearance, posting fliers and information to Facebook. They are also wearing one of the teen's favorite colors.

"We're wearing yellow in support of her," Denise said.

Denise said she will not stop until she finds her daughter.

"Sidney, I love you, we miss you. I want you to come home," she said. "We are not going to give up. I'm gonna fight. And I'm gonna search as long as I breathe."

The 14-year-old was last seen wearing a brown Aeropostle jacket. She is about 5'4'' and weighs about 85 pounds. Randall has brown hair, that goes just past her shoulders, and green eyes.

If you have seen or know anything about her whereabouts contact the Walnut Ridge Police Department at (870) 886-3568.

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