SHERWOOD, AR - The daughter of Katherine Cleary confirms to FOX16 News that a safe in her mother's bedroom was opened the morning she disappeared.
Sherwood Police detectives are not confirming or denying any details related to the disappearance and murder.
Meanwhile, a day after laying her mother to rest, Sandra Smith waits for answers and tries to move forward.
"You can't imagine what it’s like not knowing where your mother is for three days," Smith says.
That's the reality Sandra Smith faced head on. Her mother, 74-year old Katherine Cleary disappeared from her Sherwood home
early last week.Her body found was dumped
in dense remote woods just east of Interstate 440 near Jacksonville at the end of Boyd Road on August 23.
"I can't even fathom what happened between the time whoeever was in this house and the time they found her," Smith says.
Police dusting for finger prints is a painful reminder of what happened here, as Sandra battles to sort through her mom's life possessions.
"She was a stay at home mom. My dad, me, my brother, we were her life," Smith says. "She kept every bit of our lives in this house. I didn't realize, but it’s all here."
What's missing are answers.
Two women, Sonia Bell, 39 and Rhonda Glassburner-Strong, 51, are in the Pulaski County jail charged with multiple felonies including theft for using Cleary's credit card at the Jacksonville Wal-Mart on August 22.
Police think there's at least one other person involved in Cleary's disappearance and murder but aren't releasing any other details.
"I don't think the community is going to forget this one," Smith says. "The whole community has been affected by this."
Smith says she doesn't have a death certificate yet, and police haven't even told her how her mom died.
Bu she said she's ok with that and the relatively few details she's been provided because, as she puts it, she wants detectives focusing only on making an arrest and conviction.