No leads in search for Risco woman

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

RISCO - The search for a missing New Madrid County woman is going nationwide.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens was contacted by associates of Gretta van Susteren with Fox Television. In the interview Stevens plans to speak of law enforcement's efforts to locate Teresa Lynn Butler, 35, who was found to be missing from her Risco home on the morning of Jan. 25.

Since that time Stevens and his deputies along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Patrol's Major Case Squad have searched for the woman. Even a Missouri National Guard helicopter was enlisted in their efforts at one time along with rescue dogs from St. Louis.

Dale Butler, the woman's husband, first reported her missing after he returned from work at a steel mill in Blytheville, Ark., the morning of Jan. 25. The man discovered their two children, ages 2 and 4, alone in the family home on County Road 241, also known as Eight Ditch Road, just off Highway 62 on the outskirts of Risco.

There was no sign of forced entry, however as the search intensified, authorities did determine a video game console, Play Station, camcorder and the stereo from Butler's Jeep were missing along with the woman's purse. Authorities began a block by block search for the woman then extended their search to approximately a five-mile area.

While officers efforts to find the woman are not quite as intense now, Stevens said his department continues to review leads. "We are making sure we haven't missed anything," said Stevens. "If somebody's name has come up, we talk with them to see if they have that missing piece of information."

He said in their discussion with individuals, they have determined nothing out of the ordinary in her actions prior to her disappearance.

Butler is described as five-feet, seven-inches in height, weighing approximately 109 pounds, with brown eyes and hair.

Anyone with information regarding the case or who may have observed suspicious activity in the area is asked to call the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department at 573-748-2516.

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