Sometime in the early hours Sunday, October 5, 2014, a young woman disappeared from her remote campsite in the Cecil Cove area of Buffalo National River. Her absence was not noticed until the early daylight hours and reported via 911 to Newton County at about 10 or 10:30 a.m. The information was relayed to the National Park Service dispatch center in Harrison, with search and rescue operations initiated. On Sunday there were about 40 searchers in the area, located near Erbie about 17 miles from Harrison, including Buffalo National River Search & Rescue, Tri-County Search & Rescue, Mennonite Disaster Service and Compton Fire Department. Although there was a brief heavy rain at about 1:30 a.m.
Sunday, the weather continues fair and mild. Searchers on Monday are continuing their efforts with the use of ATV and horseback patrols. Some searchers will visit the many known caves in the area. Persons not affiliated with a search-and-rescue organization are requested to not travel to the incident area. The missing person is Cindy Hawse, 16, described as being 5-foot-6 with a medium build, long brown hair and wearing glasses. She was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, desert camo pants and blue plastic river shoes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hawse should immediately call Buffalo National River Dispatch at (888) 692-1162.
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16 years old
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Believed Alive / Not Dead
Reported missing on October 5, 2014 - 2985 days, 1 hours, 8 minutes ago
Found on October 6, 2014 - 2983 days, 11 hours, 33 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 3913
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