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Search for missing Aberdeen woman sparks rumors

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Updated: 8/31/2013 10:08 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - As the search for a missing Aberdeen woman continues, many rumors are circulating among the town's residents.

Teresa Ewing, 26, has been missing for over a week, and the man the Aberdeen Police Department has arrested in connection to the crime isn't talking.

Vehicle after vehicle, each full of concerned citizens, circled the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery as residents hoped to find closure.

"It's not just her family," one resident said. "Everybody is just waiting to see if she's okay or not. If not, at least let her rest in peace the right way."

Residents flocked to the cemetery after hearing Cadaver Dogs had found the body.

One resident said she heard from another citizen that the dogs brought investigators to a newly dug grave.

"Two separate dogs did the same thing, so they were trying to get permission to dig the grave up to see if they could find the body," she said.

But Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle put some of those rumors to rest.

"As of right now, there will be no graves dug up," Randle said.

He said on Friday, Aug. 31st, multiple dogs did smell and search a certain gravesite in the cemetery.

He said there's a possibility a body is buried above the gravesite, but at this time, it's still being investigated.

"We actually don't know exactly what it is," Randle said. "We hate to prolong keeping Miss Ewing from her family, but there are procedures and guidelines that we must follow as law enforcement."

One of those procedures is contacting the family of the gravesite.

"I don't want to go in and disturb a gravesite without doing the proper procedures first," Randle said. "I definitely want to be sure before I go inside of it."

He said investigators and volunteers also found new pieces of evidence, including a knife and a broken cell phone, but at this time, they haven't been able to connect those items to the case.

"We don't want to put any ideas or create any more rumors because we're definitely thinking about the family," he explained. "We don't want citizens to keep saying that she's been found. When she is found, we will definitely let the City of Aberdeen know."

Randle said they will decide this next week whether or not to excavate the gravesite.

If you have any information concerning this case, you're asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.
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