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Monday, November 20, 2006

TOP STORY >>Hunters find dead woman

IN SHORT: Body located Thursday has been sent to state Crime Lab and may be that of a Cabot resident who vanished on Oct. 24.

Leader staff writer

Hunters found a woman’s body Thursday afternoon in the woods near West Mountain Springs Road and Longbotham Road in Cabot. The body is at the state Crime Lab in Little Rock to see if it is that of Debra Lynn Roach, 47, who has been missing since Oct. 24.

After Roach disappeared, Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department investigators searched the area with all-terrain-vehicles and bloodhounds.

Lt. Jim Kulesa with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office said investigators found no sign of foul play but they haven’t ruled out that possibility.

If Roach walked away from her home that cold and rainy day, she was barefoot and had no coat. Family members say Roach left once before but only for a day.

Investigators say if Roach left on her own accord this time, it would be unusual for someone not to have seen her.
Roach’s 10-year-old daughter was apparently the last person to see her Oct. 24.

The girl was leaving to catch the school bus about 7 a.m. and saw her mother in the living room.

Roach’s disabled husband was asleep in the bedroom.

He reported his wife missing that afternoon.