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Women found after six-hour search

Thursday, July 29, 2004

COTTONWOOD POINT -- An early morning call for help on Wednesday had officers out in force for over six hours looking for two females.

According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, deputies were called to a Cottonwood Point residence just before 2 a.m. Wednesday after an 80-year-old man knocked on a door at the residence for help. Upon arrival, deputies learned the man had driven his car off in a cotton field ditch.

The elderly man told deputies he had two females in the car with him and after the car ran into the ditch he began searching for help. The man said he walked a long way and finally was picked up by a truck driver where he was taken to the residence in Cottonwood Point to seek help.

The man wasn't from the area so he was unable to provide deputies with enough information to pinpoint the particular location. Deputies searched the gravel roads from the Missouri/Arkansas stateline to areas south of Caruthersville and a majority of the gravel roads east of Interstate 55 until daylight when other agencies were called to assist in the search.

Around 8:30 a.m. the vehicle and two female passengers were located by Don Tims, a farmer on the south end of the county. The vehicle had become stuck between a corn field and cotton field in a drainage ditch just off County Highway 569 outside of Cooter.

Tims reported the two females were fine and had no signs of injury. The vehicle was later pulled from the ditch and was able to be driven away. None of the parties received any injuries.

Greenwell said he called all of his off-duty deputies in to assist in the search and other agencies that participated were Arkansas State Police, Mississippi County, Ark. Sheriff's Department and Aircraft Division, Caruthersville Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and their aircraft division, Steele Fire Department and first responders, Cooter Fire Department along with area farmers and citizens.

Greenwell extends his appreciation to those who helped in the search.