A missing woman from Gentry, Arkansas has been found in the Richland Creek Camping area in Searcy County according to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell. Cassell said the woman, Stacy Lynn Worrall, age 41, was located on Tuesday morning, May 26, at approximately 11:00 a.m. and was in good condition.
Cassell said his office was notified that Worrall was missing on Monday, May 25, when her husband, Bucky Worrall, called his office at 5:30 a.m. stating his wife, Stacy, had gone to the Richland Creek area on May 24 to go hiking, but had failed to return home.
Under Cassell's direction, the Searcy County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas State Police and area first responders were contacted to assist in the search for Ms. Worrall. After converging on the area, law enforcement officials began an aggressive air and ground search for Worrell. Blood hounds were also used in the search.
On May 25, after law enforcement contacted Worrall's cellular phone service, an emergency ping was conducted on her phone. At approximately 2:00 p.m., the ping confirmed Worrall's phone was in an area located 20 miles southwest of the St. Joe cell tower near Witts Springs.
On, Tuesday morning, May 26, after a group of volunteer hikers from the Jonesboro area provided law enforcement officials with marked Google maps used to trace their trails, Worrall was rescued and appeared to be in good condition. She was treated by ambulance personnel with North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.
"My sincere thanks to all of those who participated in the search and rescue of Ms. Worrall including members of the Searcy County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Newton County Sheriff's Office, local first responders, National Park Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Mennonites, Harps Grocery and the Jonesboro hiking group. Their dedicated professionalism led to Ms. Worrall's safe recovery. I'm proud to work and serve with such a dedicated group," Cassell said.