Tip Turns Up Dry in Tyronza Missing Girl Case

October 23, 2002
Posted at: 6:00 p.m. CDT

TYRONZA, Ark. -- State and local investigators looking for a missing Tyronza teenager thought they had a good tip, but it turned out to be a dead end, and the two-month old search for Jennifer Gill continues.

Gill's picture has been on posters and on television since she dissappeared two months ago. She was last seen heading south on Highway 63 in a black 2002 Mustang. One of her friends who expected to meet her in Marion says she never showed up.

During a news conference announcing a reward for information on the case in early October, Gill's mother asked her daughter to please call or come home.

"She can call any of my family members and tell them that she is just OK.," Tammy Higgins said.

Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills, along with state police investigators announced a reward that may have helped them get a few clues, but nothing solid for the investigation.

"If it is a situation where she has run-away," Mills said. "And she is sitting out there watching thinking it's went too far, it hasn't gone too far. We are still looking for her, and will continue to look everyday for her.

A couple of days ago, the Mills' department got what they thought was a good lead into where Gill was, they found out their hopeful lead was hopeless.

"The address and everything were checked, and her or her car were not found," Mills said.

Those with any information for investigators looking for Gill are encouraged to call the Poinsett County Sheriff's office at: 870-578-5411, or Arkansas State Police at:870-935-7302.