Cindy Hawse, the missing 16-year-old girl in the remote Cecil Cove area of the Buffalo National River, was located by a National Park Service-led team at approximately 1:35p Monday, October 6, 2014, at a location about one-quarter mile north of the nearest established trail. Hawse was reported in good condition and apparently had suffered no ill-effects from her night in the rough country associated with that part of the park.
A Tennessee resident, Hawse was visiting the park with a group and was reported missing early Sunday morning. Approximately 40 searchers were on the ground Sunday with the search suspended at nightfall. On Monday, approximately 45 searchers combed the steep slopes, bluffs, and caves in the vicinity of Cecil Creek looking for signs of the missing teenager. One of the returning searchers stated: "That is some seriously rough country, but the job is its own reward."
While the search and rescue was in progress, a Red Cross worker suffered a heart attack and was airlifted by helicopter to NorthArk Medical Center for treatment. There was no immediate update available on the worker's condition. The Red Cross team was delivering food to the search teams at the incident command location at the Erbie Horsecamp. In addition to Buffalo National River Search & Rescue, assistance came from Arkansas Forestry Commission, Compton Volunteer Fire Department, Mennonite Disaster Services Search & Rescue, NorthArk Medical Center Ambulance and Tri-County Search & Rescue.
The National Park Service pointed out its gratitude for the support and assistance of all the volunteer groups dedicated to providing professional services in the aid of visitors and residents in distress.