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Investigators 'starting over' in Sidney Randall case

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It was heartbreaking when Denise Cornell's 14-year-old daughter's school photo showed up two weeks after she disappeared. It was heartbreaking when Denise Cornell's 14-year-old daughter's school photo showed up two weeks after she disappeared.
Sidney Randall disappeared March 9. Sidney Randall disappeared March 9.

(WMC-TV) - Officials in Arkansas are starting from scratch in the search for missing teen Sidney Randall.

Randall, a beauty pageant contestant and member of her school's flag line, disappeared almost eight weeks ago from her Walnut Ridge home. Extensive searches have turned up nothing.

It was heartbreaking when Denise Cornell's 14-year-old daughter's school photo showed up two weeks after she disappeared.

"I look for her everyday," said Denise.

Sidney Randall disappeared March 9. The next day her stepfather John Cornell was discovered in a remote area a few miles from the home. Investigators said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot. There were allegations Cornell sexually abused his 14-year-old stepdaughter.

"He's never been in trouble. He doesn't do anything illegal," said father Bill Cornell.

Investigators said they have no proof of any sexual abuse. His, sister who lives in Australia, does not believe it.

Also, John Cornell's family does not believe he would commit suicide.

"We have no clues. No evidence [or] anything on Sidney. It's just like she vanished. Just disappeared," said Walnut Ridge Police Department Chief Richy Thatcher.

Investigators said there was no blood found in John Cornell's truck that was near his body, and no evidence Sidney was in the truck. They are looking for any clues.

"I know she is out there, and if somebody, if they know any little thing – they'll just come forward and let us know anything," said Denise.

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