Skip to content
Bodies of Arkansas woman and girl who have been missing since 1998 are believed to have been found in water

 | Local News

Bodies of Arkansas woman and girl who have been missing since 1998 are believed to have been found in water

| News Today | News Today

Authorities found the remains of a woman and her daughter they believe went missing in 1998 after a non-profit organization located the woman’s car in water.

Samantha Hopper, 19, was traveling to drop off her daughter, Courtney Holt, in Russellville before going to a concert in Little Rock when they both went missing.

Hopper’s other daughter Dezarae, who has worked closely with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office for the 23 years since her mother’s disappearance, has enlisted the help of the nonprofit. Adventures with Purpose, which strives to resolve unresolved cases.

The recovered vehicle believed to belong to Samantha Hopper, recovered on October 26, 2021.
(Courtesy of the Pope County Sheriff’s Office)

A member of the organization called the sheriff’s office on October 26 to inform them that the group had found a car in eight feet of water about 25 yards from the shore – a blue Ford Tempo, the same car Hopper was driving. .

5-YEAR MISSING SUMMER WELLS: REWARD REACHES $ 58,000

“We took the facts that they had, you know, we took the facts that we could find online and we used them to narrow the scope of our search area,” said Douglas Bishop, senior diver on the case, to News 19.

The Chaos Divers, who helped AWP recover, used sonar to search the area near one of the Pleasant View Road bridges and locate the vehicle. As the car was new at the time, it did not have license plates, which made identification very difficult, but Bishop believed it was the same car.

LAUREN CHO FOUND: REMNANTS DISCOVERED IN THE YUCCA VALLEY

“Words can’t really describe what it’s like to visibly watch a family’s suffering dissipate because they finally have answers,” Bishop said. “You know what we provide is never closure for them, but it’s responses to trauma that they never had.”

Hopper’s family was in attendance when a crew pulled the car out of the water, the Chaos Divers said in a Facebook post. Investigators found human remains, which were sent to the state’s criminal lab for DNA testing.

80-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM OKLAHOMA MISSES LOOKING FOR MISSING SON

The results won’t be available for weeks or even months, but many people involved in the research are confident they have found Hopper and his daughter.

Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones offered his “heartfelt condolences” to the family.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“We are grateful to have helped bring this 23-year-old case to a close,” Jones said.

Breaking News Updates News Today Bodies of Arkansas woman and girl who have been missing since 1998 are believed to have been found in water

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.