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Search for Missing Woman Continues


Search for Missing Woman Continues
By: CJ Cassidy

Risco, MO -New details on the investigation of a missing New Madrid County woman.

35-Year-old Teresa Butler's husband reported her missing from their Risco home Wednesday morning.

He told police he found their two young sons alone, when he returned home from work.

In fact the case squad which is made up of about forty local, county and state officers, asked to stay on the case through Monday, extending their time on the case by about 48 hours.

Sheriff Terry Stevens calls this one of the strangest investigations he's handled, and folks in Risco say they just hope police come up with some answers soon.

All terrain vehicles are not an unusual sight in Risco, but they're not usually driven by investigators looking for someone who appears to have vanished into thin air..

"You hear about it happening in other places but never expect it to happen where you live," Pastor Gene Lancaster says. He baptized Teresa Butler about two years ago.

Sunday, Lancaster and members of the First Baptist Church spent Sunday praying for Butler's safe return home.

"We just can't believe she'd walk off and leave those children something has definitely happened can't help but believe foul play is involved," Lancaster says.

Sheriff Stevens says he isn't ruling out any possibilities. In fact he says the case seems to have become stranger with each passing day.

"After we released the house to the husband he went back in to do his own search of the house, and he did discover there was a digital camera and a handheld camcorder that was missing along with the video game console and stereo out of the vehicle," Stevens says.

In the meantime folks in Risco do their part to help out.

Employees at one convenience store say they raised more than 250 dollars for Butler's family, and Pastor Lancaster says members at his church also offered up donations.

"I know they're going to need it," he says.

Investigators with the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department say they will stay on the case until they have some answers, even after the major case squad wraps up their work tomorrow afternoon.

If you have any information you think might help, call the police nearest you.

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