Woman deputy vanishes; search is underway here

The Sentinel-Record   8-24-1976

LINDA EDWARDS . . .Sheriff's office file photos
LINDA EDWARDS . . .Sheriff’s office file photos

A search was underway late Monday for a Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy who has apparently been missing since mid-weekend, Deputy Roy Smith of the Sheriff’s Department reported.

Missing is Linda Edwards, a woman in her mid-twenties, who worked as the day radio operator at the Sheriff’s Department.

Smith said that the Garland County Mounted Patrol and Rescue Squad were dispatched to an area off Highway 290 near the Carpenter Dam Road to look for the woman.

Smith said her unoccupied vehicle was found along Highway 290 and that the search is initially being confined to that area.

Smith described the woman as having blonde hair, hazel or blue eyes, being about five foot, ten inches tall, and weighing between 110 and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black knit sweater and light colored trousers.

Smith said the deputy left two children with a baby-sitter Saturday and was not expected back until Sunday.

“We have no idea where she was going. We’re searching the area where we found the car,” he added.

Chief Deputy Tony Robbins said that the Sheriff’s Department became alarmed when the woman did not show up for work Monday morning.

“She hasn’t been seen since late Saturday night about midnight. We have reason to believe something happened to her. She hasn’t returned to work, but left two children with a babysitter and was expected to return Sunday,” he said.

“We are now in the process of searching the woods,” said Chief Robbins.

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