March 27, 2013 Edition

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New coordinator named
in search for Randall

Gretchen Hunt

The search for 14-year-old Sidney Randall of Walnut Ridge has entered yet another phase with the naming of Buddy Williams, head of the Lawrence County Dive Team and a reserve deputy, as the new search coordinator.

Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richy Thatcher and Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson coordinated efforts in the days immediately following Randall's disappearance, and the Ohio chapter of Texas Equusearch coordinated efforts last week.

"They pretty much took over the search team and organized it," Thatcher said of Texas Equusearch. "We greatly appreciate each and every one of them. They are volunteers who took time away from their lives to come down and help us."

The search team concluded it's week of service on Sunday, leaving law enforcement officials with a lot more ground covered.

Williams said those interested in helping search can now contact him at 870-844-2901. He also reported that plans are to organize some additional mass searches, but dates have not yet been set.

Sheriff Dotson said law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate leads and conduct searches, as well.

"Right now we are regrouping and getting with the state police to start reviewing everything again to look for any ideas," Dotson said.

Chief Thatcher also reported that donations from the community have provided for a $3,500 reward for information leading to finding Randall, who has been missing since March 10.

Randall was reported missing by her mother, Denise Cornell, after she awoke to find both her daughter and her husband, John Cornell, gone from their home. Cornell was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 11, leading to the issuance of an Amber Alert for Randall.

Anyone who has any information that might be helpful in the investigation is asked to call the Walnut Ridge Police Department at 886-3568 or the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at 886-2525.

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