SEPTEMBER 23, 2004 - Posted at 8:35 a.m. CDT, updated at 12:01 p.m.
MELBOURNE, AR - Izard County authorities gathered this morning to begin a wide-scale search for a missing Mountain View woman.
Rebekah Gould, 22, was last seen Friday, September 18 after returning to her mother's home in Mountain View following a trip to Fayetteville. Shirley Ann Gould says her daughter went to visit a friend in Izard County, and she hasn't seen or heard from her since.
Rebekah Gould is a caucasian female, 5-feet-3 inches tall and weighing approximately 100 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair with blonde streaks.
Anyone with information regarding her welfare or whereabouts is strongly encouraged to contact the Izard County Sheriff's Department at 870-368-4203.
Thursday September 23, 2004 5:29pm Posted By: Tony Tabor
Mountain View - Authorities in Izard County are performing a wide-scale search in an effort to find a missing Mountain View woman.
22-year-old Rebekah Gould was last seen September 18. She went to visit a friend in Izard County and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Gould is 5’3" tall, about 100 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair with blonde streaks.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Izard County Sheriff's Department at 870-368-4203.
GUION, AR - A 22-year-old Arkansas woman has been missing for days, prompting a search of the countryside around Guion in Izard County.
Searchers used dogs and a helicopter yesterday as they looked for Rebekah Gould.
Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz says there is nothing new.
According to authorities, Gould visited a friend at Guion last weekend, then failed to return to Fayetteville, where she was going to a junior college. She was last seen Monday. Her car, with her purse, keys and money in it, was found at the friend's house.
Rebekah had been attending school at Ozarka College in Melbourne and had transferred to the junior college in Fayetteville.
Larry Gould, her father and a Mountain Home dentist, said he wants the search expanded to Mountain View and Batesville. He has asked residents in those areas to check their property for signs of his daughter.
Evidence Sent for Testing in Woman's Disappearance
Friday September 24, 2004 5:05pm
Little Rock (AP) - Agents investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould sent evidence to the state crime lab Friday. A state police spokesman said the agents don't believe Gould left her home or her friend's home on her own accord. But spokesman Bill Sadler said investigators have no reason to suspect foul play.
Gould was last seen Monday morning in Melbourne after she visited a friend in Guion. She was a student at a Fayetteville junior college. Her purse containing her keys and money was found in her car at her friend's house.
State police are investigating Gould's disappearance while local law enforcement, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other volunteers have continued a search. They have used dogs and a helicopter to canvass areas around Guion in Izard County.
Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould from the Guion area of Izard County.
"None of the leads that special agents developed are taking them in any direction other than to suspect foul play," Bill Sadler, public information officer for the ASP, said Friday afternoon.
Gould was reported missing Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. and was reported last seen Monday about 4:45 p.m. on Highway 58 near Guion.
The State Police have devoted special agents from the Criminal Investigation Division Company E at Harrison to the case. The CID office was contacted Tuesday morning by the Izard County Sheriff's Department, asking for assistance in the disappearance case, Sadler said.
"Special agents on the case have been working around the clock since Tuesday, conducting interviews, trying to backtrack the steps of Rebekah Gould since she was reported missing," Sadler said. "The State Police are conducting the missing person element while the Izard County sheriff and other agencies are conducting the search."
Special agents have placed Gould in downtown Melbourne as late as midmorning Monday, he said.
Late Friday, some evidence was submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
"Hopefully, this will lead to additional leads helpful in determining what may have happened to Miss Gould," Sadler said. He declined to reveal the nature of the evidence or where it was located.
Meanwhile, law enforcement authorities continued their search Friday. Sadler asked that anyone with information on Gould or any information about events going on in her life that they feel could be important information, to contact the nearest Arkansas State Police office or the Izard County Sheriff's Department.
Thursday, searchers used dogs and a helicopter from the Baxter County Sheriff's Department in their hunt for Gould. The search was extended to the Batesville and Mountain View areas.
Gould is described as being 5-foot-2, 103 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes. There was no description of what she may have been wearing.
According to authorities, she had visited a friend at Guion last weekend, then failed to return to Fayetteville. She has recently transferred to a Fayetteville junior college, with plans to attend the University of Arkansas, after attending Ozarka College at Melbourne, according to her father, Dr. Larry Gould, a Mountain Home dentist.
He said Rebekah and another daughter, Danielle, had gone to the Guion residence for the weekend. Her car — with her purse, keys and money in it — was found at the friend's house.
In addition to the Arkansas State Police, Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said his department, Arkansas Game and Fish officers, the Baxter County Sheriff's Department helicopter and other volunteers had been searching the area. Arkansas Department of Correction officers with search dogs also have assisted.
GUION, Ark. -- More volunteers have come out to help search for a missing college student. Rebekah Gould, 22, of Mountain View, has been missing since the weekend.
Arkansas state police are now searching near Guion. That’s where deputies found her car with her keys and purse still inside. Volunteers are also searching in Izard County as far east as Batesville. They’ve used dogs and a helicopter.
According to authorities, Gould visited a friend at Guion last weekend, then failed to return to Fayetteville, where she was going to go to a junior college. She was last seen Monday. Her car was found at the friend's house.
Gould had been attending school at Ozarka College in Melbourne and had transferred to the junior college in Fayetteville. Larry Gould, her father and a dentist in Mountain Home, said he wants the search expanded to Mountain View and Batesville. He has asked residents in those areas to check their property for signs of his daughter.
There were no new developments over the weekend in the search for a missing woman from the Guion area of Izard County, said Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz Sunday.
Rebekah Gould, 22, was reported missing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and was reported last seen about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 20 on Highway 58 near Guion.
Gould is described as 5-foot-2, 103 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes.
Bill Sadler, public information officer for the Arkansas State Police, said Friday afternoon that all leads pointed towards foul play.
Special agents placed Gould in downtown Melbourne as late as midmorning last Monday, Sadler stated. Some evidence was submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory late Friday for analysis.
According to authorities, Gould visited a friend at Guion last weekend, then failed to return to Fayetteville. She recently transferred to a Fayetteville junior college, with plans to attend the University of Arkansas, after attending Ozarka College at Melbourne, according to her father, Dr. Larry Gould, a Mountain Home dentist.
He said Rebekah and another daughter, Danielle, had gone to the Guion residence for the weekend. Her car — with her purse, keys and money in it — was found at the friend's house.
The State Police have devoted special agents to the case from the Criminal Investigations Division Company E at Harrison. Sadler said the Izard County Sheriff's Department contacted the CID Office Tuesday morning asking for assistance in the case.
Sadler asked anyone with information on Gould, or with information about events going on in her life that could be important, to contact the nearest Arkansas State Police office or Izard County Sheriff's Department.
The Arkansas State Police Harrison office can be reached at (870) 741-3455; the Izard County Sheriff's Department phone number is (870) 368-4203.
Izard County Authorities Believe Body Found Today is that of Missing Student
SEPTEMBER 27, 2004 - Posted at 3:40 p.m. CDT
MELBOURNE, AR - State police say a body found in Izard County this morning is likely that of missing college student Rebekah Gould.
The 22-year-old was last seen September 20 and was reported missing the next day.
State police spokesman Bill Sadler says searchers found the body at the bottom of a 35-foot embankment off state Highway 9, about four-and-a-half miles south of Melbourne.
He says the body was taken to the state crime laboratory in Little Rock.
Gould was in Melbourne after she and her sister Danielle visited a friend of Guion. Gould had been a student at Ozarka College at Melbourne, but recently transferred to a junior college in Bentonville.
Her purse containing her keys and money was found in her car at a friend's house.
MELBOURNE — A body found Monday morning south of Melbourne may be that of Rebekah Gould, 22, of Mountain View, who has been missing a week.
State investigators are awaiting a preliminary autopsy report before positively identifying the white female who was found about five miles south of Melbourne on State Highway 9, according to Arkansas State Police Lt. Bill Beach, commander of the Company E Criminal Investigation Division. Beach said it was safe to say police believe the body is Gould's, but would wait until scientific and forensic evidence had been tested before making a positive ID.
"The body will be submitted by (today), and the additional records that we'll have — dental records and other medical records — will be submitted in an effort to make that identification," Beach said.
"We're still conducting an investigation. Up until today, it was basically considered a missing person investigation with foul play suspected," he said. "But now, obviously, we have more evidence to deal with and we have a homicide as opposed to a missing person case."
Gould was last seen around 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at a convenience store in Melbourne, Beach said.
According to Gould's father, Mountain Home dentist Dr. Larry Gould, she failed to return to a Fayetteville junior college after the weekend.
He said she had gone to a friend's home in Guion for the weekend. Her car, car keys, purse and money all had been found at the friend's house.
Beach said Gould had driven the male friend from the house to his work place around 8 a.m. Sept. 20.
"The last information we have was that she was seen that Monday morning, and that was after she had dropped this gentleman off at work," Beach said. "Around 8, 8:30 Monday morning was the last time that we can account for her, and that's from an independent witness."
Beach said the body was partially clad in sleepwear but refused to be specific, citing the ongoing investigation.
Investigators spent 12 or 13 hours at the Guion home Friday, finding a large amount of blood in various parts of the residence, he said. That and other observations at the residence led officers to believe Gould may have been forcibly removed from the home.
Beach also said some items may have been taken out of the house.
"We think that there was some additional items that were taken out of the house. We're still researching that possibility right now, trying to identify any of those things," he said.
The man residing at that house has not been arrested, Beach said.
"At this point in time ... there are several people of interest but no particular suspect," he said.
Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said the woman's body was found by local first responders.
"We've been in that area so much down there. OES (Office of Emergency Services) Director Dennis Williams and I rode around two or three hours (Sunday) night, and we just came to the conclusion we were going to put first responders on this road today and let them walk it," Martz said. A first responder from each of three local volunteer fire departments — Melbourne, Franklin and Zion — searched the area Monday morning and found the body 35 feet down the embankment from the highway, officials said.
Neither Beach nor Martz would speculate on the cause of death or whether or not the woman was sexually assaulted.
Martz said he was anxious to catch the killer before his term as sheriff ends this year.
"It happened in Izard County, I'm the sheriff of this county and ... I'd like to get it solved," Martz said.
Martz has been Izard County Sheriff for three terms. He said it has been about three years since a homicide occurred there.
"It happened on Highway 58 about four or five miles on down the road from this one," Martz said. "Two arrests have been made on it, and they're in the Arkansas Department of Correction."
Anyone with any information regarding Gould or any part of the investigation should contact Martz at (870) 368-4203 or Beach at (870) 741-2136, according to officials.
MELBOURNE, Ark. (AP) _ State police said today that dental records and other analysis confirm that a body found in Izard County is that of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould, who was missing for a week.
Searchers found Gould's partially clothed body yesterday morning at the bottom of a 35-foot embankment off State Highway 9 about five miles south of Melbourne, where Gould was last seen September 20th.
Police spokesman Bill Sadler said preliminary autopsy results have been turned over to state police special agents and the Izard County Sheriff's office. He said the preliminary findings indicate that the cause of death is a homicide, but he could not provide more specific information.
Results from additional examinations are pending, Sadler said, and the police have named no suspects at this time.
Gould was in Melbourne after she and her sister Danielle Gould visited a friend in Guion. Gould had been a student at Ozarka College at Melbourne, but recently transferred to a junior college in Bentonville.
Post by catherinetd on Jan 27, 2009 13:56:08 GMT -5
Body Of College Student Found In Melbourne
POSTED: 11:13 am CDT September 29, 2004
UPDATED: 11:20 am CDT September 29, 2004
MELBOURNE, Ark. -- Police have identified a body found in Melbourne as a student from a local college.
The body of Rebekah Gould, 22, was discovered Tuesday morning after a week-long search.
Gould was a student at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.
Her body was found by the Izard County Sheriff's Office, which said the case looks to be a homicide. However, a sheriff's representative could not provide any details and said investigators don't yet know who killed her.
Scholarship Fund Set Up in Honor of Rebekah Gould's Memory; Memorial Services Set
SEPTEMBER 29, 2004 - Posted at 4:38 p.m. CDT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR - The family of a Mountain View woman whose body was found at the bottom of a steep embankment Monday after she was reported missing for several days has established a memorial scholarship fund in her memory.
Rebekah Gould's family has set up the "Rebekah C. Gould Memorial Scholarship Fund" in honor of the 22-year-old junior college student at Arvest Bank. Donations may be made at any Arvest Bank branch in Arkansas.
Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church at 708 North Bayou in Mountain View. Arrangements are being handled by the Roller Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Post by catherinetd on Jan 27, 2009 13:58:04 GMT -5
Search leads to body
Investigators shift focus to finding killer of college coed
SEARCHING: Family and friends of Rebekah Gould left missing person posters throughout much of Izard County after she was reported missing Sept. 21. Now investigators are looking for her killer.
A 22-year-old college student was talking with her mother Sept. 19 when she realized her cell phone was out of minutes.
Before her phone went dead, the young women said, “Mom I’ll call you back when I get some more minutes.”
It’s a call Shirley Joan Ballard will never receive.
A body believed to be Ballard’s daughter, Rebekah Gould, was discovered Sept. 27 in a wooded embankment off Highway 9, 5 miles west of Melbourne.
“We believe this to be the body of Ms. Gould. The body hasn’t been positively identified and until that time the search will continue,” said Lt. Bill Beach with the Arkansas State Police.
Beach said the cause and time of death would not be known for several days.
Family members and friends who gathered at the Izard County Sheriff’s Office were shocked and dismayed by the news.
“Our family is overwhelmed with grief right now,” said Gould’s father, Larry Gould.
Beach said law enforcement officials were following several leads in the case but charges were not imminent.
“There are several people of interest in this case. Many items have been sent to the crime lab in Little Rock and we are awaiting those test results,” said Beach.
The partially clothed body was discovered by volunteers from the Office of Emergency Services approximately 35 feet off 9 at 9:30 a.m. OES Director Dennis Williams said the OES volunteers searched the area for only few minutes when they came across the body.
Emergency response teams had been looking for Gould, a Mountain View native, since her family reported her missing Sept. 21.
Beach said investigators think the body had been on the embankment for several days.
Gould’s family became concerned when she failed to give her sisters a ride back to their Fayettville apartment Sept. 20.
Gould had recently rented the apartment in Fayettville with two of her sisters. Larry Gould said his daughter has been attending Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.
Gould’s Chevrolet Cavalier, cell phone, purse and other personal effects were found the day she was reported missing at a friend’s house on Highway 58, eight miles northeast of Guion. During a 12-hour search inside the residence, officers found blood in several locations, said Beach.
“It was the opinion of the investigators on the scene that there was a large amount of blood,” he said.
Beach said blood samples recovered at the scene have been sent to the crime lab along with other items for analysis.
He said investigators think Gould was forcible removed from the residence of the friend, Casey McCollough.
McCollough has been questioned several times but is not a suspect, according to Arkansas State Police investigator Marc Hollingsworth.
Investigators have confirmed that several items had been taken from McCollough’s residence.
Beach said Gould drove McCollough to work the morning of her disappearance.
Law enforcement officials would not comment on McCollough’s whereabouts on the night of Sept. 20 or the morning of Sept. 21.
Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said the last time Gould was seen was at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Possum Trot convenience store in Melbourne.
Beach refused to say whether drugs were involved in the incident, but 16th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said the task force is not involved in the investigation.
Gould’s sister Danielle said McCollough and her sister had been friends for a long time. Hollingsworth said Gould and McCollough were seen together at Harp’s grocery store in Mountain View Sept. 19.
Danielle Gould said she and her sister would travel to the area from Fayettville on the weekends. She said her sister had stayed at McCollough’s house on several occasions.
Beach said he would not comment as to whether Gould and McCollough were romantically involved.
Several members of Gould’s family have questioned how the search for Rebekah was handled.
The search for Gould began at noon Sept. 21, but the media were not informed of the girl’s disappearance until the next day.
“We didn’t want to say anything that might compromise this case,” Sheriff Martz explained. Martz refused to say how informing the public through the media would hinder the investigation.
Martz said officers from the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, OES and volunteers from several local fire departments assisted in the search.
“We had up to 25 officers from the various agencies searching for Rebekah at the height of the search,” Martz said. He said the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department provided their helicopter, and the Northcentral Unit of the Department of Corrections in Calico Rock sent tracking dogs to assist in the search.
He said the search area extended from Batesville in the south, west to Mountain View and north to Melbourne. He said special attention was paid to roads along Highway 58, the White River, abandoned mines in Guion and roads leading to Mountain View.
Larry Gould said he was pleased with the efforts of the state police and the local authorities.
He said it did surprise him that the Horseshoe Bend City Police – the only other law enforcement agency in Izard County besides the Sheriff’s department – was not informed of Gould’s disappearance until Thursday.
Horseshoe Bend is approximately 20 miles from McCollough’s residence.
Danielle Gould said the family was given permission by Martz to form a volunteer search party at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. She said she was angry that it took so long to get permission to form a volunteer search.
Larry Gould said a group of family and friends searched areas in and around Guion and other places. He said the family searched up until the moment the body was discovered.
“The Izard County Sheriff’s Office didn’t call me a single time to coordinate our search efforts,” said Larry Gould.
Larry Gould said there were some mistakes made in the search but his focus is now on catching his daughter’s murderer.
“She wanted to go into pharmaceutical sales,” Larry Gould said with tears in his eyes.
He said his daughters have been through a lot over the last month. Three weeks ago Rebekah Gould’s 38-year-old half brother died of cancer.
“Now that we’ve found Rebekah, it’s time to turn our attention to catching her killer,” Larry Gould said.
Martz echoed Larry Gould’s sentiments.
“I’ve got 96 more days in office before I retire. I want this solved before I go,” Martz said.
Beach said anyone has information concerning Rebekah Gould’s disappearance or death should call the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203 or his office at 870-741-2136.
MOUNTAIN HOME--For the family of Rebekah Gould, the last scene of her life is still a mystery.
Larry Gould, Rebekah's father, and his family, laid this precious member of the family to rest over the weekend.
"She was like an angel on earth......maybe a messenger,"said Gould.
A young woman with her whole life ahead of her.
Caring and smart, her father says there was a twinkle in Rebekah's eye.........
"I think she really would have been something in this world. This was a girl that just had it. There are certain people that just wreak of "I'm gonna make it,"said Gould.
Her life was cut tragically short.
Her father's heavy heart is filled with memories of a unique daughter who was robbed of the most wonderful experiences in life.
"They took a very special person out of this world. I think she would have made a wonderful mother, and a wonderful wife for someone,"said Gould.
Larry Gould says it's impossible to describe the anguish a father feels knowing what someone put his daughter through.
"When she arrived in heaven and she walked through the heavenly gates.....I think I can picture our heavenly father taking a look at her and saying heaven won't be the same with you here. I wish he would send her back,"said Gould.
Post by catherinetd on Jan 27, 2009 14:01:37 GMT -5
Body identified as missing woman
The family of a missing Mountain View woman had its worst fears confirmed Sept. 30 when her body was identified.
Examiners at the state Medical Examiners Office in Little Rock confirmed that a partially clothed body found Sept. 27 off an embankment on Highway 9, 5 miles west of Melbourne, is that of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould.
“Rebekah Gould’s body has been positively identified. We can move forward in this case,” said Arkansas State Police Lt. Bill Beach.
Beach said examiners used Gould’s dental records to determine her identity. Gould’s cause of death has not been released to the public.
Members of Gould’s family had been preparing themselves for the news since the body was found.
Now that his daughter’s body has been has been positively identified, Larry Gould is ready to turn his attention to finding her killer.
“Anything I can do to help find the person or persons who did this to Rebekah, I will do,” said a somber Larry Gould.
Gould’s funeral services were held Oct. 2 in Mountain View.
Larry Gould said a preliminary autopsy report indicated that his daughter died from a blunt force trauma to the head.
Beach would not comment about Gould’s cause of death.
Authorities had been looking for Gould since Sept. 21 when her family reported her missing.
Investigators found Gould’s Chevrolet Cavalier and her personal effects at a friend’s house near Guion. During a 12-hour search of the residence, investigators found blood and other evidence related to the case.
Officials think Gould, a student at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, was forcibly removed from the residence.
The friend, Casey McCullough, has not been charged in the case. Beach said McCullough is a “person of interest.” Law enforcement officials are not commenting about McCullough’s connection to the case.
Beach said several items were missing from McCullough’s house, but he would not elaborate.
Gould was last seen at the Possum Trot convenience store in Melbourne on the morning of Sept. 20.
Beach said investigators are following several leads in the case. He said evidence collected at McCullough’s house and the site where the body was found has been sent to the crime lab in Little Rock for analysis.
Results from the tests were unavailable at press time.
Larry Gould said published reports that Gould’s sister, Danielle Gould, was with Rebekah just prior to her disappearance were inaccurate.
He said Rebekah and Danielle shared an apartment with another sister in Fayettville.
Danielle and Rebekah came home the weekend prior to Gould’s disappearance. Danielle stayed in Mountain View with her boyfriend, and Rebekah stayed with friends in Melbourne, said Larry Gould.
When Rebekah failed to pick Danielle up for their return trip to Fayettville, the family became concerned, he said.
That concern turned into fear and then anguish as the search for Gould continued.
Larry Gould said his family is devastated by what happened to his daughter, but he was thankful that her body has been found.
“It’s a relief to know we won’t have to keep searching for her day after day, not knowing where she’s at,” he said.
Investigation into the death of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould is still ongoing, Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said Friday.
"I talked to the (Arkansas) State Police investigators, and they are still interviewing people," Martz said. "That is about all I can say as of this time. It is an ongoing investigation, and everyone is still working hard on it."
Gould's body was found Sept. 27 South of Melbourn, a week after she'd last been seen alive near Guion.
Martz said his department is assisting in the joint effort between the two agencies.
"If we think they need information, we contact them," he said. "The investigators are in and out of here, and they are still pursuing leads on it."
Searchers scoured the countryside around Guion looking for Gould for a week after she was reported missing.
According to authorities, Gould was visiting a friend and failed to return to Fayetteville, where she was attending a junior college. Her vehicle, along with her purse, keys and money in it, were found at the friend's house.
Investigators found a large amount of blood in various parts of the residence leading officers to believe Gould may have been forcibly removed from the home.
Gould's partially clothed body, which was later identified through dental records, was discovered about five miles south of Melbourne on Highway 9. Her body was found 35 feet down an embankment from the highway.
Post by catherinetd on Jan 27, 2009 14:03:35 GMT -5
Officials continue searching for clues in Gould homicide
Bulletin Staff Writer
Arkansas State Police are continuing their investigation into last September's murder of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould, whose body was found south of Melbourne about a week after she was reported missing.
"There is not a great deal that is new. We are still working on it," ASP Lt. Bill Beach told The Bulletin Tuesday afternoon. "We are working it just as we are working other cases. Unfortunately, we don't have the time to devote someone to it full time, but we are devoting people to it as we can to follow up leads."
Investigators still are waiting for results from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory on forensic evidence that has not been examined yet which might provide additional leads.
"Still, I feel good about the progress being made," Beach said. "I still feel that we are on the right track and will bring it to a resolution."
Investigators have conducted countless interviews, and various aspects of the investigation involve people in four states, Beach said. One investigator went to Florida to conduct various aspects of the investigation.
"We have and are following every available lead," Beach told The Bulletin. "It is kind of like a circle. We started at the outside of the circle and are working our way in. I feel like we have worked our way considerably into the circle and feel we eventually will get there. As I say, we are continuing to pursue the investigation and will as long as it takes."
If anyone feels they have pertinent information, they can call the ASP Troop I Headquarters in Harrison, or the Izard or Stone county sheriff's departments, he added.
Gould's body was found Sept. 27. She was last seen around 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at a convenience store in Melbourne.
According to Gould's father, Mountain Home dentist Dr. Larry Gould, she failed to return to a Fayetteville junior college after the weekend, according to a previous Bulletin story.
He said she had gone to a friend's home in Guion for the weekend. Her car, car keys, purse and money all were found at the friend's house.
Beach said Gould had driven the male friend from the house to his workplace around 8 a.m. Sept. 20.
Investigators found a large amount of blood in various parts of the residence, according to Beach. That and other observations at the residence led officers to believe Gould may have been forcibly removed from the home.
Anyone with any information regarding Gould or any part of the investigation should contact the Izard County Sheriff's Department (870) 368-4203, Stone County Sheriff's Department at (870) 269-3825, or Beach at (870) 741-2136.
Post by catherinetd on Jan 27, 2009 14:04:23 GMT -5
Search continues for killer in Izard County
By: The Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Ark. -- Months after the death of a 22-year-old college student, investigators are still searching for the murderer. Someone killed Rebekah Gould near this town in north-central Arkansas town in September. Friends and relatives spent about a week searching for her before her body was found.
Police said they are devoting what resources it can to the case. Investigators are waiting for results from the state Crime Laboratory on forensic evidence that has not been examined but might provide additional leads.