PRARIE COUNTY, Ark.– A volunteer searching for a 9-year-old girl who disappeared in the White River two weeks ago found a body Sunday morning, according to Prarie Co. officials.
The Prarie County Sheriff said officers believe it is the body of 9-year-old Promise Archer.
The Des Arc 4th grader’s family and friends visited her memorial Sunday after learning about the discovery.
We’ve shown you the relentless searches for Promise since we reported she first went under the water and didn’t come back up on Mother’s Day.
Sheriff Rick Hickman listed more than 15 different groups in addition to the countless number of volunteers who set out help to help the family find Promise. Some of the groups listed included (in no particular order): AR Game and Fish, State Police, Des Arc Police, Prarie Co. SO, Monroe Co. SO, Arkansas Co. OEM, Johnson Co. rescue squad, Conway Fire Department’s rescue/ dive team, Arkansas Nat’l Guard’s helicopters, Griffinville Fire Department, Yell Co. SO, Bowie-TX SO, Hazen PD, Arkansas Co. SO, Yell Co. Mounted Patrol, countless volunteers who used their planes to search and countless volunteers who searched by boat.
We learned a search volunteer found the body by boat about 10 a.m. Sunday about a quarter of a mile from the sand bar where the 9-year-old was last seen.
At the boat ramp where Promise’s memorial grows, we met Jack more who is one of the dozens of volunteers who helped search the river.
Jack Moore said, “I’m so grateful. Glory be to God we found that baby. It’s only through his help that we did it. I’ve been down here everyday looking and praying to God somebody would find her but I didn’t want it to be me. I’ve got grand babies that age.”
Promise’s family members told me they’re thankful for the man who found the body officers believe is their 9-year-old. They don’t know the man.
Our reporter Price McKeon talked with that Redfield man on the phone Sunday afternoon.
50-Year-Old James Thompson lives in Redfield.
Thompson told us he decided to help out after he saw our reporter Susan El Khoury’s report Saturday night. In that report Promise’s mother asked people to help search by boat.
He said he didn’t have plans Memorial Day weekend but he had a boat with gas so he felt there was no option but to help a grieving mother find some closure.
Prarie County officials said the body’s been sent over to the state crime lab for positive identification but they have no release to believe it’s not Promise.
The Sheriff said State Police is investigating this as a drowning.