Officials in Newton County are searching for a missing woman whose vehicle was found at a campground near Mount Judea. The woman, 57-year-old Pamela Samuels-Louro, was reported missing and endangered out of Garland County after last being seen last Monday.
Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says Samuels-Louro's truck was found Sunday morning near the Sam's Throne Campground off Highway 123 south of Mount Judea. Receipts found in the truck indicate the woman had been in Western Grove last Tuesday.
Bloodhounds and other K9s along with ground searchers; searchers on mules, ATVs and UTVs; and high angle personnel spent the day Sunday searching for the missing woman.
Sheriff Wheeler says 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. He says, "We can't rule out the possibility that she made it back to the road and was picked up by someone. 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-Louro is described as 5'5", 172 pounds with hazel eyes and grey hair cut very short. She is believed to be traveling with an older small white dog that is a chihuahua-terrier mix. Samuels-Louro often wears caps or beanies.
Wheeler asks anyone who may have seen someone walking near Mount Judea to contact his office at (870) 446-5124.
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