Stepfather of missing
teen found dead



Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson has confirmed that John Cornell, stepfather of missing 14-year-old Sidney Randall, was found Monday afternoon dead in his truck near Walnut Ridge.

The search for Randall is now mainly focused in Lawrence County. Anyone having information is asked to contact, Walnut Ridge Police Department at 870-886-3568 or the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 870-886-2525.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has requested that the public not come to the crime scene area where John Cornell was found. Search and rescue teams and law enforcement are searching for the missing girl, Sidney Randall, and do not need help in the search at this time. Deputies have closed Lawrence County Road 438.

WR girl reported missing

Walnut Ridge Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies and law enforcement from surrounding counties are searching for a missing girl from Walnut Ridge.

Sidney Nicole Randell, 14, was last seen around 10 p.m. Saturday night, possibly wearing a brown Aeropostle jacket. Sidney has just below shoulder length brown hair, green eyes and is 5'4" and weighs 85lbs.

It is believed that she might be with her stepfather, John Cornell. Cornell drives a 2000 red Ford Ranger AR LP 271 RDT. Police report that he has a 45 caliber pistol in his possession.

If either party is seen or anyone knows anything about either subject's whereabouts, please contact the Walnut Ridge Police Department at 870-886-3568 or the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 870-886-2525.

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