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Foul play suspected in case of missing mother of 4, police say

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Police believe Denita Hedden went to a St. Louis area casino on the day she disappeared. Credit: Major Case Squad Police believe Denita Hedden went to a St. Louis area casino on the day she disappeared. Credit: Major Case Squad

MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com)— After a seven-day extensive search, the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis suspects foul play in the disappearance of a mother of four.

In a news release, Major Case Squad Investigators said Denita Hedden‘s, 37, disappearance is suspicious based on various factors including evidence recovered in the investigation.

 First responders canvassed over 35 square miles by land and air to locate Hedden, who disappeared on Jan. 25. The search spanned across 22,400 acres of rural terrain and 70 road miles. So far they have not found her.

Hedden was last seen on the 700 block of Catalpa in Royal Lakes, Illinois at 11 p.m.


Read: Police: Missing Macoupin Co. woman was at casino day she disappeared


Authorities say the friend that lived in the house with her reported her missing. 

Denita Hedden's brother Raymond Dyer says he knew something was wrong when she did not responded to his Facebook birthday message.

"I knew she was missing because I wished her happy birthday got no response, knew something was wrong," said Dyer.

Investigators have identified a person of interest but no other information has been released related to the case.

Police are asking property owners, farmers,and residents to inspect their property for anything unusual that they may encounter or observe. 

The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office is taking back over the investigation. 

Anyone with information on Hedden’s whereabouts, call police.

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