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Father Searching for Answers in Daughter's Death

"She was playing right here in the fence and I went in and got a shower," Williams said. "Come back out and her bike was sitting right across the road there just past the mailbox and she wasn't nowhere to be found."
Blytheville, AR -- A father is heartbroken and confused by the death of his daughter.

11-year-old Jessica Williams was last seen in her front yard playing with her dog and riding her bike.

Her father Eric Williams shared the last moment he saw her.

"She was playing right here in the fence and I went in and got a shower," Williams said. "Come back out and her bike was sitting right across the road there just past the mailbox and she wasn't nowhere to be found."

Fighting back tears, Williams is at a loss.

"I didn't ever dream it would happen out here," Williams said.  "Thought it was safe to live out here in the country."

He says he and his small neighborhood searched all through the fields and small county roads around his home but found nothing.

After three hours, he called law enforcement and that's when they started their search through the area, going through the night through fields and dirt roads until they found Jessica at 6:30 Wednesday morning.

"Even if its not your child it's hard to deal with sometimes from a professional standpoint," said Sheriff Dale Cook of Mississippi County.

Cook says while they have not considered this a homicide, something's just don't add up.

"What's concerning us is how the little girl got from the residents all the way out to the scene on county road 122 which is three to five miles out there, and the bicycles still back at the residents so it's hard for us to believe she walked that far by herself," Cook says.

And even with no suspects named Williams is convinced someone knows something.

"Kills me," Williams said.  "Knowing somebody would do that to her."
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