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Hope renewed in Sidney Randall search

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This week's kidnapping rescue in Cleveland has gripped communities across the Mid-South and given some families a renewed hope in the search for their missing loved ones, including the bizarre disappearance of Arkansas teenager Sidney Randall.

The 14-year-old Walnut Ridge girl disappeared March 9 with her stepfather John Cornell. Cornell. Within 48 hours of her disappearance, police say the beauty queen's stepfather, who was the prime suspect, shot himself in an apparent suicide near a creek.

Police and search crews canvassed parts of Lawrence County for Sidney but the case has no new leads, but the dramatic rescue in northeast Ohio brings hope to this small town.

As details continue to unfold in the dramatic rescue of three Ohio women and a child held captive for years, many in Walnut Ridge say there's a renewed sense of  hope in the search for Sidney.

"Just hoping they find her," said Russ Barber.

"I hope she's found, but I don't know, added Eric Fry.
Police Chief Richy Thatcher said there are no new leads but the case isn't cold. He says they receive up to 10 tips each day, and officers continue to follow up.

"We don't have anything showing she might be deceased, but we really don't have anything showing she's not," Chief Thatcher added.

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This is their only unsolved missing persons case in several years in Walnut Ridge, the police chief said. Unlike the Ohio abductions, Chief Thatcher said it's unlikely Sidney is alive nearby.
"Everybody knows in a small community most people talk," he said. "I think if she was around real close local,  somebody would have to let something out."
"I think if she is out there - which I'm hoping she is - I'm hoping she's safe," added Claudia Gathercle.

Police arrested three brothers in the Ohio abduction case. While there's an unbelievable sense of relief, the victim's families remain mindful of those still in the search.
If you have any information that can assist Walnut Ridge Police you are urged to call 1-870-886-2525.

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