MT. JUDEA — Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said authorities had been searching an area near Mt. Judea all day Sunday after a truck was found that belonged to a woman reported as missing and endangered out of Garland County.
Wheeler said Pamela Samuels-Lourno, 57, was last seen in Garland County on June 3, and had made reference to the Mt. Judea area to family. Her truck was located Sunday morning near the Sam's Throne Campground off Highway 123 south of Mount Judea.
Receipts in the truck showed her to have been in Western Grove on June 4.
Bloodhounds and other K-9 units, along with ground searchers, searchers on mules, ATVs and UTVs and high-angle personnel were used to search the area. Some clues were located, but Samuels-Lourno was not.
Several bits of evidence were located that indicate she may have been mobile in the area for a period of time and may be injured. Wheeler said authorities still have several ways to go with the investigation.
"We can't rule out the possibility that she made it back to the road and was picked up by someone,” the sheriff said. “But, at the same time, we can't say that she's not still in the large wooded area near Sam's Throne."
Wheeler said there are some indicators of mental illness and she may be suicidal.
Samuels-Lourno is described as 5-foot-5, 172 pounds with hazel eyes and grey hair cut very short. She is believed to be traveling with an older small white Chihuahua-terrier mix dog. Samuels-Lourno often wears caps or beanies.
Wheeler asks anyone who may have saw someone walking near Mt. Judea to contact his office at (870) 446-5124.