INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. — Family and friends of a mother missing for more than three weeks, are refusing to lose faith holding a vigil for her safe return Friday night.
The Independence County Sheriff’s Office says Brooke Allensworth’s car was found abandoned by a White River boat ramp along Highway 122 last Friday.
Family say the 37-year-old mother of three was last seen July 11, after a day at the salon getting her hair and nails done.
Nearly a dozen family friends gathered at the boat ramp Friday, lighting candles and praying that Allensworth will be found safe.
“I still have faith that she’s out there somewhere,” said Cynthia Shaw, who knows Allensworth’s 15-year-old son. “He’s just got all kinds of thoughts running through his head of what ifs, but me and my daughter try to encourage him to stay positive and keep his faith.”
The parking spot where Allensworth’s car was found abandoned and with a flat tire, sits empty. Investigators towed the car earlier this week. Family friend Jim LaRue says they want to know why the car sat at the boat ramp for so long.
“It sat out here for about 3 weeks with a flat tire before it was picked up. I wonder why. It looked like that might be some evidence. That didn’t need to be sitting out there that long,” he said.
For LaRue, who lived near the Allensworth family while Brooke was growing up and considers her father a close friend, the vigil is a way to show they want answers.
“We still think that the lord will find a way to bring her back,” he said.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is helping in the search and crews have been combing the White River saying they traveled about a hundred miles downstream to Woodruff County, but they’re also searching by air and on land around the boat ramp.
While friends like Shaw keep pleading for help, their refusing to lose their faith.
“We have hope theres always hope,” she said.