Bodies of Arkansas woman, mother found after 1998 disappearance

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The disappearance of an Arkansas woman and her daughter may finally have been solved after 23 years, thanks to a group of sleuths which works to solve cold cases.

Samantha Hopper, 19, was heading to drop her daughter off in Russellville, before going to a concert in Little Rock — when both disappeared in 1998, according to Fox News.

Hopper’s surviving daughter, Dezarae, has worked in the decades since to figure out what happened to her mother and sister.

Eventually, she contacted Adventures with Purpose, or AWP, a group which works to solve cold cases.

On Oct. 26, the group called the Pope County Sheriff’s Office to share the news they had found a car submerged in eight feet of water, 25 feet from the road.

Hoopers surviving daughter Dezarae contacted the group Adventures With Purpose that was able to locate the car.
Hoopers surviving daughter Dezarae contacted the group Adventures With Purpose that was able to locate the car.
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A blue Ford Tempo being removed from a body of water near a road where Hooper went missing.
A blue Ford Tempo being removed from a body of water near a road where Hooper went missing.
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It was a blue Ford Tempo, the same make and model Hopper drove.

The Chaos Divers, who assisted AWP, identified the wreck with sonar, according to a Facebook post. Pope County officials raised the car out of the water, with family “on scene.”

“While it was gut wrenching to have to see the tears stream down their faces as they were told the news, it was also incredibly heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces and the weight release from their shoulders knowing they were potentially bringing their loved ones home,” they wrote.



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