Search for missing Macoupin County woman continues - KMOV.com

Search for missing Macoupin County woman continues

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Officers searched a large area on Tuesday for Denita Hedden, 37, who went missing on Jan 25. (KMOV) Officers searched a large area on Tuesday for Denita Hedden, 37, who went missing on Jan 25. (KMOV)
The picture on the left is the clothing Hedden was wearing when she was last seen. (Credit: Macoupin County Sheriff's Office) The picture on the left is the clothing Hedden was wearing when she was last seen. (Credit: Macoupin County Sheriff's Office)

MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The search for a missing Metro East woman is still on.

Denita M. Hedden, 37, was reportedly last seen by her roommate when she left their residence in Royal Lakes, Illinois around 2 p.m. on Jan. 25.

The 5-foot woman, who weighs about 110 pounds, was last seen wearing a maroon hoodie sweatshirt with orange sleeves and blue jeans. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Police said Hedden has made no contact with family and friends. They also said her disappearance is considered suspicious.

Hedden’s brother, Raymond Dyer, said he is distraught about her disappearance. He said Hedden would never leave her four children behind.

“I haven’t heard nothing ever since. She’s a loving mom and takes care of her kids,” Dyer said.

Major Case Squad Lt. Kris Tharp would not say whether foul play is suspected, but said, “the circumstances raise concern and her welfare is in question.”

On Feb. 2, the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office requested the help of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis in reference to Hedden’s disappearance.

Investigators have talked to many people in the town of Royal Lakes but have turned up no leads. 

“It’s a true mystery,” said Lt. Tharp. 

Dyer said a car is not missing and her phone is turned off, so they are limited in clues to follow.

However, authorities are now saying Hedden visited a St. Louis area casino with a friend on Jan. 25, the day she disappeared.

Police also released new photos of Hedden that were taken at the casino the day she disappeared.

Police said 4,000 acres were covered during a search in and around Royal Lakes on Feb. 6 that included both land and air operations. The search involved 30 first responders and volunteers. Dyer called the search efforts "encouraging."

Dyer asked residents to remain patient with the large volume of first responders in the area as they continue their search.

Anyone with information is urged to call Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office at 217-854-3135.

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