UPDATED: Oak Grove teenager missing since Halloween
By T.S. Strickland
Carroll County News
OAK GROVE -- The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is seeking information to bring home a missing Oak Grove girl.
Sixteen-year-old Desiray Thibodeaux vanished on Halloween night after attending an event at Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Around 8 p.m., Thibodeaux had told her best friend she was not feeling well and was going to walk home, but she never made it to her mother's house.
Catherine Thibodeaux said she had waited up for her daughter, eventually falling asleep. When she awoke around 4 a.m. and her daughter was still not home, she called the Sheriff's Office.
Witnesses later told investigators they had seen Thibodeaux that night get into a truck driven by 24-year-old Evan Pearson of Berryville.
Thibodeaux said Pearson was a recent acquaintance of her daughter's. The two had met about one month before Thibodeaux disappeared, not long after Pearson hired the girl's brother, Adam, to work in his logging enterprise.
The Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for Pearson's arrest.
Investigators said they believe Thibodeaux had initially left with Pearson of her own free will. However, they said they now have reason to believe she could be in danger.
Cpl. Joel Hand, the lead investigator on the case, said he had started interviewing potential witnesses on Nov. 1 and followed up on every lead since.
The Sheriff's Office said sightings of the two had also been reported in Kellyville, Okla.; Elk City, Okla.; Cushing, Okla.; and Shell Knob, Mo.
However, they were last seen on Nov. 3 near Drumright, Okla. -- at the home of a relative of Pearson's. Hand said all evidence indicated they were still in that area.
Authorities there are now assisting with the case, Hand said.
The Sheriff's Office is also being helped by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and it has requested assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- which, unlike the Sheriff's Office, has the authority to cross state lines.
Thibodeaux is 5-feet-9-inches tall and 130 pounds. She is caucasian, with blonde hair and blue eyes. At the time she went missing, Thibodeaux also had pink highlights.
Her family said she wore prescription eyeglasses with two-tone frames: black on the outside and red on the inside. She also sometimes went by the nickname "Rebel," her mother said.
Pearson is 5-feet-8-inches tall and 178 pounds, with brown hair sometimes dyed blond and blue eyes.
The two were last seen in Pearson's 1994 Chevy 1500 extended cab truck. The vehicle is brown and tan in color. However, Sgt. Daniel Klatt said they might have since changed vehicles.
Klatt said anyone who has had contact with Thibodeaux or Pearson should contact their local law enforcement immediately. Anyone with information in the case locally should contact Klatt at 870-423-2901 or, after hours, at 870-423-7373. Tipsters' identities will be protected, he said.
Catherine Thibodeaux also pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.
"Someone must have seen something," she said.
"We just want her home safe."