Stella girl is still missing

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A 9-year-old Stella girl has been missing since late Friday night and law enforcement officials fear foul play may be involved in her disappearance.

Rowan Ford was reported missing from inside her home at 777 Grove St. in Stella on Nov. 2 at 10:45 p.m., according to an endangered person advisory issued by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 4.

Ford, who is a fourth grader at Triway Elementary School in Stella, is described as a white 9-year-old female, weighing 62 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Ford is 4 feet tall.

Ford is the daughter of Colleen Spears and stepdaughter of David Spears. The mother left the house at 8:30 p.m. on Friday to go to her job in Purdy while her daughter was getting ready for bed. David Spears said he last saw Ford at around 10:45 p.m. when he and two friends left her at home to go out.

The stepfather said Rowan was sleeping when he left. He returned at around midnight but did not check on Ford. Colleen Spears discovered the girl missing when she came home from work at around 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the house was left unlocked throughout the night. The couple spent Saturday looking for Ford before reporting her missing at 6:50 p.m.

Law enforcement officers searched the area around the Spears' home by foot, horseback, ATV and helicopter. On Monday, eight FBI agents arrived in Stella to assist with the search and investigation.

Anyone who has seen Ford or anyone matching her description is asked to dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 417-451-8333.

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