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AR THWANA DARROUGH: Missing from El Dorado, AR - 11 Jan 1989 - Age 16

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Scorpio, Sep 29, 2018.

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    Investigators of the EL Dorado Police Department are seeking information on Missing Person Thwana Darrough. Thwana was last seen on Wednesday, January 11, 1989, when she left her residence on South Marsh Street en route to EL Dorado High School where she was a student. Thwana has not been seen or heard from since that time. Thwana was last seen wearing a white colored turtleneck blouse, a turquoise colored shirt, a white colored mini skirt and black colored shoulder length hair. At the time of her disappearance Thwana was 16 years old, 5’8” in height and weighed 120 pounds. Thwana was born March 12, 1972 and would now be 34 years of age.

    If anyone has any information regarding the aforementioned case please contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Morrow of the EL Dorado Police Department Investigation Division at 870-881-4815.
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    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Thwana was last seen on January 11, 1989 in her hometown of El Dorado, Arkansas. Edwina Austin, her mother, reported her missing the same day. She disappeared sometime after 7AM while she was walking to El Dorado High School from her home on South Marsh Street. Witnesses say that they saw her waiting for the school bus, but she supposedly never made it to school that day. An anonymous tip was submitted in early February 1989 indicating that there was evidence in the Smithville community; the police had searched there previously. Her case remains unsolved.
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    El Dorado missing persons case still unsolved after nearly 30 years

    As an officer working in the force for years, they say they carry memories of case after case. For Captain Kevin Holt, one of his comes from his early days. "I was a young reserve officer," he said.

    He was twenty-two-years-old and doing what he loved for free. It was around the same time Thwana Darrough went missing.

    "We were told, 'hey, get out and canvas the neighborhood. Ask anybody moving did they see anything. Did they see which way she walked to the bus stop, which way she might have walked away from the bus stop'?

    We did that for weeks after the initial case was filed just to find out if anybody might have been coming through the area that day that we didn't talk to previously. It was an all-out effort."

    The 16-year-old was leaving to go to school, not knowing that would be the last time she'd be seen in El Dorado.

    "No one could understand how that could happen in our city, but it did. That's the reason we would really love to bring this case to a close."

    Nearly 30 years later that case remains cold. "That's the reason we would really love to bring this case to a close," said Holt.

    "I know the captain, Carolyn Dykes, at the time, that became her passion. You know, she really worked that case hard as hard as she worked any other case if not harder because it was a young child.

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has made it a point to keep up with cases like Thwana's. Every Monday her office highlights missing persons in Arkansas.
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