It has been a long five days for the Pearman family.
In the early evening March 28 Donna Pearman and her daughter Shelly Pearman filled a missing persons report for Sandra Farris, Donna’s sister and Shelly’s aunt.
Donna said her sister regularly went for a walks through St. Mary’s park. So that she was gone for part of the afternoon was nothing to be concerned about. However Donna said when she realized her sister still was not home by dinner time and after noticing her purse, cell phone and personal belongs were still in the house, she began to worry.
Donna said once she realized something was amiss she began calling important contacts in her sister’s cell phone to rule out where she could have been. She had no luck.
“That’s when I called the cops,” Donna said.
That night Donna said she and her daughter stayed up all night, hoping for word and spent the following day going through the neighborhood with a photo of Sandra asking if any neighbors had seen her.
Jerry Held, coordinator for the Alexander County Emergency management Agency said he was called at 6:30 p.m. Friday by the Cairo Fire Department to assist in a search. Held said a twenty-man team with members of his office, the Cairo Fire Department, Cairo Auxiliary Fire Department as well as the Horseshoe Lake Fired Department searched until 2:30 a.m. March 30 and were back out only hours later.
“They were searching the wooded areas long the levee and the river,” Held said. He added the team was searching in abandoned buildings in Cairo as well. Held said on March 30 the team covered 42 miles before ending the search that afternoon. They found no sign of Farris.
“We did everything I think we could do as a group,” Held said. He said the investigation is now in the hands of the Cairo Police Department.
Cairo Police Chief Bernard Brown declined comment for this story because the investigation is still open.
Despite no sign of her sister as of April 2, Donna has not lost hope. She has been out looking for Sandra everyday since she went missing.
Donna said the stress of not knowing what happened to her sister is something she wishes no one had to experience.
“I’m scared. I’m so scared,” Donna said “I wish this on no one,”
Officials say Farris is 55, 5’6, 134 lbs and ha brown hair and blue eyes.
As of press time, no sign of Sandra’s whereabouts had been found. Police are asking anyone with information to call their office at (618)-734-2131
– Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242