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Vigil Held as Search Continues for Missing Independence Co. Woman

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. -- Friends of a mother who's been missing more than three weeks spent their Friday evening praying for her safe return home.

Brooke Allensworth was last seen in mid-July. Her car was found parked by the White River, but so far, there are few clues that could lead investigators to her.

Allensworth has three children. Family friend Cynthia Shaw says this disappearance is devastating for Allensworth's 15-year-old son.

"You can not lose your faith is what I told him," Shaw said.

Shaw and and a small group of family friends came to the spot where Allensworth's car was found abandoned to pray and light candles Friday night. 
Investigators found the car was abandoned, and sat with a flat tire under Highway 122. 

"I wonder why it looked like that," said family friend Jim Larue, "Might be some evidence that didn't need to be sitting out there that long." 

Larue lived across the street from the Allensworths for years. For him, the vigil was a way to show he and others want answers. 

"We still think that the Lord will find a way to bring her back," Larue said.

Investigators are combing the White River. The say they've traveled about 100 miles down stream to Woodruff County, but they're also searching on land around the boat ramp.

"We have hope. There's always hope," Shaw said.

Investigators say a lot of boats come in and out of the boat ramp by the White River where Allensworth's car was found.

They're hoping someone who was passing by may have seen something that could lead them to Brooke Allensworth. 

If you have any information, call the Independence County Sheriff's Office.


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