Today AWP began our search for 19-year-old Samantha Hopper and her two babies who were last seen September 11, 1998 in Russelville, Arkansas.
Starting our day at 9:00, Jacob Grubbs and his team from Chaos Divers met up with AWP, along with Debbie (Samantha’s Mother) and Dezarea (Samantha’s Daughter) along with Samantha’s best friend, Selena.
Working from clues as to Samantha’s habits, and events of that day in 1998, both dive teams split up to scan multiple locations in the area of Lake Dardanelle with AWP taking the route along Mill Creek, sending Chaos Divers into the Illinois Bayou near Pleasant View Road.
Prior to 10:00 A.M. Jacob identified a target on sonar under the West Pleasant View Road Bridge in 11 feet of water.
Jared and Jacob we able to attach a magnet with Doug diving down to identify the missing blue Ford Tempo with missing license plate due to being a new car.
At 12:15 P.M. Jared placed a call to 911 to report today’s discovery.
With Pope Count having a dive team, AWP was on scene to assist with the vehicle recovery.
The vehicle was hoisted onto the Pleasant View Road Bridge, confirming that human remains were inside.
Samantha was 8 months pregnant and while a car seat was confirmed in the back of the Ford Tempo, we do not yet have confirmation of Samantha’s 18-month old daughter Courtney in the vehicle, however, we do believe this will be confirmed in the next 24-hours that she was indeed inside.
A full autopsy will need to be conducted before the final confirmation using DNA from Debbie and Dezarea.
The Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Russelville Police Department, Pope County Dive Team, and all involved were very cordial and great to work with, sharing their appreciation of our efforts to bring closure to Samanth’s family.
It is our honor to have brought Samantha home.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Samantha’s family during this difficult time.
We will have a full edit of our search and recovery efforts available in the next few months.
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