Search continues for missing Ashdown woman

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 02/09 2014 05:35PM

Updated 02/09 2014 09:41PM

The search continues for an Ashdown mother. Janice Northcross, 43, went missing around 2 a.m. Saturday. Family members said she was thrown off a bridge, after an 18-wheeler slid into her car and two other vehicles.


Northcross and her baby sister Kathyrn Burris had stopped on the highway to help fellow Firestone coworker Ricky Norwood. His truck had slid into the guardrail on the bridge.


 Authorities said the icy conditions forced the 18-wheeler to slide into the three vehicles in the right lane.


Norwood fell in the water but was able to swim to safety. He reportedly has broken ribs and punctured lungs. Burris was trapped under her car during the accident, but was released from the hospital Saturday.


Hempstead and Miller County deputies along with canine units searched for Northcross in the Red River Saturday from 4 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The search resumed Sunday around 9:00 a.m. and was cut off at 4:30 p.m. Arkansas Wildlife Officers and volunteers were there to assist.  Hempstead Sheriff James Singleton said the current and cold temperatures make it difficult to find Northcross. Because of the conditions, he’s not putting divers in the water. His deputies are using sonar equipment to locate anything floating in the water.


Meanwhile, family members remain devastated. They’re asking for privacy and praying for closure. Janice Northcross is married to Eddie Northcross. She’s the mother of two children. She was headed to work when the incident happened.


Arkansas Wildlife Officers will continue to search Monday at sunup.

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