Lawrence Co. community do their part to search for Sidney

Brody Vanwinkle searches his property to help law enforcement search
Brody Vanwinkle searches his property to help law enforcement search

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Law enforcement put out the request and the community stepped up. To aide in the search for missing teen, Sidney Randall, Lawrence County Sheriff, Jody Dotson asked property owners to check their area.

Lawrence County resident, Brody Vanwinkle heard about the request via Facebook and went from there.

"I decided that since I only lived about 3 miles from where it happened, I had a barn and a couple sheds, I decided I'd go down there, check, save 'em a little time," Vanwinkle said. "Went and looked through every stall, even climbed upstairs and checked around up there."

Though Vanwinkle found no sign of the teen, he called in so his area could be cleared from the map of places to search for Sidney.

"Every second that she's still missing, it's precious time," Vanwinkle said. He told Region 8 News he's noticed the tight-knit community is coming even closer together. Reaching farther than Sidney's hometown of Walnut Ridge.

"You drive down the road and see people have window chalked signs," Vanwinkle explained. "People have told me that at Hoxie, you know, different school, that they have 'Find Sidney banners' and it just shows that the town really cares."

The search has impacted people even beyond city and county lines at times.

"They've come from all over Northeast Arkansas and many from outside of Northeast Arkansas and some from out of state," Walnut Ridge Mayor, Don House said.

He told Region 8 News that kind of support makes him proud of this town.

"The way that our community has surrounded this family and shown their support in every capacity for Sidney and her safe return," House said.

Search efforts on Thursday turned up no new information. However, law enforcement is still asking people to check their property so they can continue to clear areas from their search map.

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