Missing Independence County Woman Okay After Two Days in Wilderness

JANUARY 5, 2005 - Posted at 11:09 a.m. CST

BATESVILLE, AR - An Independence County woman who had been missing since Sunday evening has been found in relatively good shape after a harrowing period of nearly 48 hours in the remote Black River bottoms of Independence County, near Newark.

Roxanne Bearden, 32, of Magness, was reported missing Sunday evening by her husband, who had last seen her around 8:30 that evening before she left their residence in her car.  Independence County Sheriff's investigator Captain Bill Lindsey says the two were supposed to meet later in the evening, but Ms. Bearden never showed up.  A "missing endangered person" report was filed a short time later by authorities, and her case was entered into the National Crime Information Center's computer system.

At approximately 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, Independence County authorities were called to a residence on Edwards Road just outside of Newark in reference to a woman that had "showed up at the residence stating she had been involved in an accident two days ago, and had been lost trying to find her way out."  When deputies arrived, they confirmed that the woman was Roxanne Bearden.  The victim was taken by ambulance to the White River Medical Center in Batesville for treatment of hypothermia, and released this morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Deputies found Bearden's wrecked Nissan Sentra a short time later at the end of Old River Road, a few miles from where she re-surfaced.