UPDATE 3/2/15: The Union County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed dental records from a crime lab in Little Rock, AR. were a positive match for 32-year-old Amanda McPherson of marion.

McPherson had been missing since November 4th, 2014, nearly four months.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office told KTVE/KARD they are still waiting on a full autopsy

So far, Sheriff Mike McGough said there is no sign of foul play and they are waiting on the full autopsy to determine the future of their investigation.

McPherson was last seen when the car she was in stalled on the road in Union County.

She was traveling with a male friend, Bryan Benson, whom McGough said his department has ruled out as a suspect.


UPDATE 2/21/15 — Union County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike McGough says human remains were found during the search for Amanda McPherson Saturday morning.

McPherson’s mother, Sharon McKinnie, wrote this message on her Facebook page Saturday night, “Virgil and I would like to say that our baby Amanda McKinnie was found today. . We are heart broken, but she is in heaven. . We brought Amanda home today. ..keep our family in your prayers.”

McGough says the remains are being sent to a crime lab in Little Rock to confirm the identity. He believes the results will come back sometime next week.

UPDATE 8:40 p.m. —
Less than two weeks from now, March 3rd, is Amanda McPherson’s 33rd birthday.

But instead of being with her family now, she’s been missing for more than three months.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of area covered and find her tomorrow,” her mother, Sharon McKinnie, said.

It’s been more than three months since McKinnie last saw her daughter.

Amanda was last seen November 4th, 2014 on Pleasant Hill Road in Union County, Arkansas .

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is sending a search and rescue mission there on Saturday with horses, four-wheelers and dogs to sniff for human remains.

“There’s, like, close to 6,000 acres up there. By no means has it all been covered,” McKinnie stressed.

The night she went missing, Amanda was traveling with a male friend, Bryan Benson of Union County.

Under a lie detector test, UCSO Sheriff Mike McGough said Benson reported their car broke down and he left to get help.

When he came back, he said she was gone.

“He’s still hanging by his story but, to me, there’s still some people who know something that need to talk,” said McKinnie.

Sheriff McGough said Benson passed the test and is not a suspect. Currently, he said deputies are interviewing multiple persons of interest but have no suspects at this time.

But McKinnie isn’t convinced Amanda would just leave.

“Somebody knows where she is and she’s not the type to walk away and stay gone,” McKinnie said. “Something has happened to her.”

She said Amanda wouldn’t abandon her family, including her 15-year-old son Hunter.

This mother is asking for help as communities spanning state lines unite to bring Amanda home.

“We’re just getting through day by day, but the prayers and just the concern of people, it means a lot,” said McKinnie. “Just pray every day that we’ll find her.”

Saturday’s search begins at 8 a.m. The command center will be stationed at Three Creeks Baptist Church on 8772 Haynesville Highway in Junction City, AR.

If you would like to volunteer with the search, authorities ask that you bring only your walking feet and report to the command center first so as not to disturb their own efforts.


UNION COUNTY (KTVE/KARD) — The family of a missing Louisiana woman is asking for volunteers to help search for her this wekeend in south Arkansas.

Amanda McPherson was last seen in November leaving Union County in a vehicle with a male friend.

The friend tells deputies the vehicle became stuck in a wooded area near Junction City.

He says he left to get help and when he returned, McPherson was nowhere to be found.

A $16,000 reward is now being offered to anyone who can lead authorities to the missing woman.

This reward is addition to the $1,500 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Union Parish (LA).

Search teams are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at Three Creeks Baptist Church located at 8772 Haynesville Highway, Junction City, AR 71749.