The Week in Photos: May 9, 2013

The visual report from the week of May 9, 2013.

Cairo junior Jordan Holder, right, takes a look at Cairo Junior Jalecia Purdiman’s cell phone May 4 while taking a break from dancing during the Cairo High School senior prom. Later that evening, prom attendees voted seniors Jeleigha Johnson and Terion Taylor as prom queen and prom king. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo junior Jordan Holder, right, takes a look at Cairo Junior Jalecia Purdiman’s cell phone May 4 while taking a break from dancing during the Cairo High School senior prom. Later that evening, prom attendees voted seniors Jeleigha Johnson and Terion Taylor as prom queen and prom king. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Jeleigha Johnson, left, and senior Terion Taylor pose for a portrait May 4 after being named prom queen and king during Cairo High School’s senior prom. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Jeleigha Johnson, left, and senior Terion Taylor pose for a portrait May 4 after being named prom queen and king during Cairo High School’s senior prom. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Rita Flummer, middle, takes her oath of office as mayor of the City of Mounds May 6 with the help of former mayor, Waymon Butler, right and city clerk Robin Barksdale. After being sworn in, Flumer then lead her first city council meeting.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Rita Flummer, middle, takes her oath of office as mayor of the City of Mounds May 6 with the help of former mayor, Waymon Butler, right and city clerk Robin Barksdale. After being sworn in, Flumer then lead her first city council meeting.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Myron Jordan rounds third base April 30 during the Pilots’ double header home win over Agape Christian. The Pilots had a slow start, narrowly winning the first game 6-5. However, they picked up momentum in the second, defeating the Knights 12-8. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Myron Jordan rounds third base April 30 during the Pilots’ double header home win over Agape Christian. The Pilots had a slow start, narrowly winning the first game 6-5. However, they picked up momentum in the second, defeating the Knights 12-8. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson jumps for a line-drive April 30 during The Pilots' double home win against the Agape Christian Knights. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson jumps for a line-drive April 30 during The Pilots’ double home win against the Agape Christian Knights. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

Family, friends celebrate life of Sandra Farris

The family of Sandra Farris laid her to rest May 1 at Jones Funeral Home.

Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Finding closure

Donna Pearman talks on the phone with a relative April 25 in her home in Cairo. Pearman said since her sister’s body was found April 24, she has had a hard time keeping up with all the phone calls she has received from both family and the media. --Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Donna Pearman talks on the phone with a relative April 25 in her home in Cairo. Pearman said since her sister’s body was found April 24, she has had a hard time keeping up with all the phone calls she has received from both family and the media. –Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

The family of Sandra Farris have been praying for closure, though the closure they got may not have been what they wanted.

It had been 27 days since 55-year-old Sandra Farris went missing in Cairo when river workers near Paducah, Ky. found a body floating in the Ohio River April 24. Donna Pearman, Farris’ sister said she happened to have the news on that afternoon when the report came that a body had been found. Donna was tipped off that it may have been her sister when reporters mentioned the body was found wearing blue jeans and Nike tennis shoes. When she heard the news, Pearman contacted Farris’ only child, Shanna Farris, of Cape Girardeau, Mo . Shanna said she was confident her mother had been found even before the body was identified.

“I knew that was my mom,” Shanna said.

Donna, her daughter Shelly Pearman and Shanna spent the rest of the afternoon contacting the authorities to find out if the body found was, indeed, their loved one. By 4:00 p.m., Donna and Shelly were asked to come to Paducah to identify the body. When the two arrived at the Coroner’s office, they were shown select photographs and were able to identify the body as Sandra’s because of two pieces of jewelry: a ring and an engraved necklace. Donna said, though she was incredibly sad she felt like she was given closure.

“I felt like God answered my prayer,” she said. “I didn’t want to keep thinking everyday that someone had her and that she was being tortured.” Shanna also said her mother being found brought her a sense of closure.

“I didn’t know if her body was ever going to be found,” she said.

Cairo Police Officer Jody Benbrook said Farris’ case is closed in Cairo. He said the investigation will now be handled by investigators in Kentucky.

Detective Tim Reed with the McCracken County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department and lead investigator in Sandra’s case said his office does not suspect foul play.

“The medical examiner’s office did not find any trauma to Ms. Farris’ body,” Reed said. Reed said his office has yet to receive an official cause of death.

Reed said there are still big questions that need to be answered.

“Just the fact that she was found in the river does not really explain it,” Reed said. “We’ve got the beginning, she left the house to go for a walk, and we’ve got the end, she was recovered, deceased, from the river.” Reed said what happened in between is still a mystery.

Because Farris went missing in Cairo, where the Ohio River ends, one big question is how Farris managed to be found up stream in the Ohio. Reed said there are two possible answers to this: She went into one of the rivers around Cairo and was carried upstream by a barge. Reed said another explanation could that she got in or was put in a car and was taken North of Paducah and put in the river.

The necklace found on Sandra’s body, a Christmas gift from Donna, was engraved with words both Donna and Shanna feel helped her body be found. The back of the necklace reads,” May the Lord’s angels guide and guard you through this life.” Shanna now wears the necklace everyday and said she hopes the words will also protect her the way she believes they did her mother.

“I feel like when I wear that now, maybe it will keep me safe,” she said.

A celebration of Sandra’s life was held May 1 at Jones’ Funeral Home in Villa Ridge.

— Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Further information on missing Cairo woman available

Sandra Farris, photo provided by family
Sandra Farris, photo provided by family

A body found in the Ohio River near Paducah Ky. the morning of April 24 has been identified by family as that of Sandra Farris. Farris went missing March 28 after taking a walk around St. Mary’s Park in Cairo.

Detective Tim Reed with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department said Farris’ body was identified through the McCracken County Coroner’s office, the medical examiner’s office in Madisonville, Ky., the Cairo Police Dept. and Farris’ family.

He said his office does not suspect foul play.

“The medical examiner’s office did not find any trauma to Ms. Farris’ body,” Reed said. Reed said his office has yet to receive an official cause of death.

Reed said there are still big questions that need to be answered.

“Just the fact that she was found in the river does not really explain it,” Reed said. “We’ve got the beginning, she left the house to go for a walk, and we’ve got the end, she was recovered, deceased, from the river.” Reed said what happened in between is still a mystery.

Because Farris went missing in Cairo, where the Ohio River ends, one big question is how Farris managed to be found up stream in the river. Reed said there are two possible answers to this: She went into one of the rivers around Cairo and was carried upstream by a barge. Reed said another explanation could that she got in or was put in a car and was taken North of Paducah and put in the river.

Cairo Police Officer Jody Benbrook said Farris’ case is closed in Cairo. He said the investigation will now be handled by investigators in Ky.

The Cairo Citizen is following this story and will post updates as they are received.

BREAKING: Body identified as that of missing woman

Sandra Farris, photo provided by family
Sandra Farris, photo provided by family

A body found in the Ohio River near Paducah Ky. this morning has been identified by family as that of Sandra Farris. Farris went missing March 28 after taking a walk around St. Mary’s Park in Cairo.

This story is developing and we will bring updates as they are received.

Waiting for word

Sandra Farris went missing March 28 while taking a walk around St. Mary’s park. It has been nearly two weeks since her disappearance and her family still has no clues as to what happened to their loved one.

 Rev. Dennis Clark leads prayer for church member Sandra Ferris April 6 during a vigil at her sister’s home in Cairo. Clark said he has known Farris for two years and was even the one who baptized her. -- Jessica Tezak | The Cairo Citizen
Rev. Dennis Clark leads prayer for church member Sandra Ferris April 6 during a vigil at her sister’s home in Cairo. Clark said he has known Farris for two years and was even the one who baptized her. — Jessica Tezak | The Cairo Citizen
Mae Morris, of Mounds City, middle, Dorris Sims, left, of Elco, and Melissa Clark, right, of Cairo, pray during a candlelight vigil April 6 in Cairo. -- Steve Matzker | The Cairo Citizen
Mae Morris, of Mounds City, middle, Dorris Sims, left, of Elco, and Melissa Clark, right, of Cairo, pray during a candlelight vigil April 6 in Cairo. — Steve Matzker | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, Sandra’s daughter, and her cousin, Shelly Pearman, bow their heads in prayer April 6 at the close of a candlelight vigil held for Sandra Farris in Cairo. Shanna said it meant a lot to her that people came out in support of her and her family, but she said the pain of her mother’s disappearance  is still very real. “I worry myself to death about it but I just have to keep going,” she said. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, Sandra’s daughter, and her cousin, Shelly Pearman, bow their heads in prayer April 6 at the close of a candlelight vigil held for Sandra Farris in Cairo. Shanna said it meant a lot to her that people came out in support of her and her family, but she said the pain of her mother’s disappearance is still very real. “I worry myself to death about it but I just have to keep going,” she said. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

Search still on for missing Cairo woman

Sandra Farris, photo provided by family
Sandra Farris, photo provided by family

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