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#1 Lori Davis

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:12 PM

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Police search for missing Nathalie woman

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A 35-year-old Nathalie woman has been missing for two months now, and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can aid in its search for Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis.

According to Captain S. M. Cassada, Francis was last seen in June by her father, Kenneth Beadles, at the home they shared on Brad Smith Trail in Nathalie.

Francis is a white female, born Nov. 20,1976. She is five-foot four-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Cassada noted that she currently has brown hair and blues eyes. A tattoo of a scorpion can be found on the back of her neck, Cassada said.

“Francis isn’t wanted on any charges and does not have any medical conditions,” he added.

Authorities have no reason to think there is any foul play involved, Cassada said. 

However, he added, Francis is known to drift from time to time.

“But this is the longest she has ever been gone,” he said.

Authorities have checked with several of Francis’s acquaintances, according to Cassada, who said police have reason to believe Francis may be in North Carolina with acquaintances.

Anyone with information concerning Francis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-4273.


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:14 PM

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Investigators search Campbell County for missing woman

By: Steve Hardy | The News & Advance
Published: October 16, 2012

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Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis

In the search for a missing Halifax County woman, investigators have turned their sights on Brookneal.

Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis was last seen by her father Kenneth Beadles on June 8 at the home they shared on Brad Smith Trail in Nathalie.

The 35-year-old woman was not reported missing until early August.

Halifax Sheriff Fred Clark said Francis frequently would go missing for a week or two while she worked in North Carolina.

But this summer, she left and never returned. One of Francis’s friends, with whom she spoke daily, hasn’t heard from her either, Clark said.

Now investigators believe that foul play may be involved in Francis’ disappearance.

After some digging, investigators learned Francis had friends in Brookneal and may have stayed there a few nights after she left home, the sheriff said.

Investigators hoped those friends might be able to help locate her, but the trail has run cold.

“It’s like she just vanished,” Clark said.

Since authorities last placed the woman in Brookneal, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has joined the search. Maj. L. T. Guthrie said the office has assigned its own deputy to help investigate the case.

Clark said Francis isn’t wanted on any charges and does not have any known medical conditions.

She was found guilty of possession of marijuana in Halifax County in May, according to court records, but her 30-day jail sentence was suspended. The judge also suspended her license for six months.

With their leads exhausted, authorities are asking for help finding the missing woman.

She is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and a scorpion tattoo on the back of her neck.

She may have relatives in the Naruna area, Guthrie said. Investigators do not think she had a significant other, Clark added.

With so many questions and few answers, it’s difficult for investigators to speculate on what happened.

“Foul play may be expected,” Clark said.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:20 PM

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Foul play possible in missing woman case

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:06 am

Authorities in Halifax and Campbell counties now say they have reason to believe foul play may have been involved in the disappearance of Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis of Nathalie after deputies were able to track her last known whereabouts to the Brookneal area.

Francis was last seen at her father’s house on Brad Smith Trail in Nathalie in June, but authorities say they have discovered Francis was seen in Brookneal shortly after leaving her father’s house, Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark said.

Francis had friends in Brookneal and may have stayed there after she left home, according to Clark.

Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Maj. L. T. Guthrie said no reasonable explanation exists for Francis’ disappearance.
Guthrie said Francis had been known to disappear weeks at time before contacting relatives, but this time she hasn’t done that.

At this time, Clark said the sheriff’s office is diligently working to locate Francis, but hasn’t had any concrete leads.
Clark and Guthrie are both hoping someone will come forward with the information they need to locate Francis.
Francis, 35, is a white female, born Nov. 20, 1976. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

Capt. Steve Cassada of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said when last seen, she had brown hair and blue eyes.

A tattoo of a scorpion can be found on the back of her neck, Cassada said.

“Francis isn’t wanted on any charges and does not have any medical conditions,” he added.

Anyone with information concerning Francis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-4273.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

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Search ongoing for missing woman

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:23 pm
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The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5, on two different properties in Brookneal. One search took place at a home surrounding woods, pond and field on Phelps Creek Road, while another was conducted at a home on Mattox Street in Brookneal.

Campbell County Sheriff Steve Hutcherson said, “Information had been received from a third party that led us to the area in search for Wendy Beadles Francis.”

Francis, a 36-year-old Nathalie resident, has been missing since June of last year and was last seen in Brookneal, according to authorities.

Authorities are hoping evidence found at the two search sites in Campbell County Tuesday, which has been sent to a Roanoke lab for analysis, may lead them to discover what happened to Francis.

Assisting the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office in the search were investigators from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police officers and dive team members, search and rescue team members and Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

“Approximately 50-60 people were involved in the two searches,” Hutcherson said.

A missing person report was filed in July for Francis in Halifax County. Campbell County began assisting Halifax with the case after leads brought them to the county.

According to Hutcherson, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office was notified in October that a location in Campbell County had been identified as the alleged site of where Francis had been residing with a friend.

“We couldn’t identify anyone putting her past this person and point,” he added.

However, since the investigation is ongoing, Hutcherson was not able to comment when asked who owned the two properties involved in Tuesday’s search.

He also declined to comment on whether authorities are pursuing any persons of interest in Francis’ disappearance.

Hutcherson said, “I’d rather not comment on that. The ultimate goal of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is to make an arrest if we find that a crime has been committed.”

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark confirmed with media sources Thursday a swab for DNA had been taken from Francis’ parents on Wednesday.

Hutcherson said the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating this case, which may lead to other searches, but added he couldn’t say for sure at this time whether more searches will be made.

“We are still actively investigating the disappearance of Ms. Francis with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information that’s had contact between May-June 2012 or anyone with information at all, we would like to talk with them,” Hutcherson said.

Francis is a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 pounds.

At the time she was reported missing, Francis had brown hair and blue eyes. A tattoo of a scorpion can be found on the back of her neck.

Authorities said Francis isn’t wanted on any charges and does not have any medical conditions.

Anyone with information concerning Francis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580 or the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-4273.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:07 PM

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Investigators Continue to Search for Missing Halifax Co. Woman
Posted: Jul 23, 2013 4:51 PM EDT
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Campbell Co., VA - It's been nearly one year since a Halifax County woman was reported missing.

Wendy Beadles Francis was last seen in Campbell County on June 15, 2012. Her family reported her missing more than one year ago to the day.

Her family says they need lots of help to bring some closure to Francis' family.

Officials with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office say the 36-year-old was last seen at a house on Mattox Street in the town of Brookneal. They say she was staying with a man, but they will not release the nature of that relationship.

Officials did however, search the home back in February and took some evidence out. The evidence is currently waiting to be processed at a Roanoke forensics lab.

Officials will not confirm whether they believe the disappearance is a homicide or not, but they do say that no one has heard from her in more than a year, which is not like Francis.

"We continue with the hope that she would be found and be found safe but the more time that passes by, the hopes of that happening diminish," said Inv. Brandon Epperson, and Investigator with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Wendy Francis, please contact the Campbell County Sheriff's Office at 434-332-9580.


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 06:48 PM

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Families Rally Together, Wanting Closure on Missing Loved Ones

 

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South Boston, VA - It's hard to imagine going a day knowing that your loved one is missing, but a few families in our viewing area have gone years with no clue if their family member is safe and sound.

 

On Saturday, they got together and raised awareness about missing people in our area. The organization, Help Save The Next Girl, set up a booth at WalMart in South Boston. They gave those families a chance to refresh those missing person cases, hoping to end the day with a few tips or leads.

 

The families say they've been playing the waiting game for way too long.

 

"This June will be two years," said Gayle Snead, whose daughter is missing.

 

"She went missing April 9, 2012," said Paula Hodges, whose daughter is also missing,

 

"He's been missing since November... Thanksgiving November past," said  John Brown, whose brother is missing.

 

And for sisters Diane Brown and Tee Barkesdale, their sister, Hattie Brown has been missing for five years now.

 

All these families rallied together on one mission; to get closure and locate their loved ones.

 

"You never give up on someone you love," said Barkesdale.

 

They're all part of the organization, Help Save the Next Girl. The group was started in honor of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington who went missing and was found dead in Charlottesville in 2009. The organization works to prevent crimes against young women and generate buzz about missing person cases- hopefully leading to a happy ending.

 

"It's hard to respond effectively when you've just have the worst thing in your life happened to you. Someone that you love has been taken. So we're trying to back each other up," said Gil Harrington, founder of Help Save The Next Girl.

 

They set up a booth at the Walmart in South Boston, reminding the public about the missing person cases of John Brown, Hattie Brown, Heather Hodges and Wendy Beadles Francis, hoping their pictures will jog someone's memory.

 

"If it's not out of sight, it's not out of mind," said Barkesdale.

 

"These things don't happen in a vacuum. Somebody knows something,"Harringtonn said.

 

Help Save the Next Girl will be in Nelson County on June 18, soliciting tips and information on the disappearance of Alexis Murphy.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 09:00 PM

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Family of Wendy Beadles Francis hails arrest, pleads for more tips

By TOM McLAUGHLIN

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Expressing relief and gratitude that a suspect has been charged with the murder of Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis, the parents of the long-missing Nathalie 35-year-old yesterday appealed for information that could lead to one final break in the case — where her body might be found.

 

“I still believe someone knows where she’s at and they need to come forward,” said Gayle Snead, mother of Francis, who is presumed dead after going missing in late July 2012.

 

On Monday, a Campbell County grand jury indicted Jeffrey Morgan Wright, 52, of Brookneal, for second degree murder in Francis’ death. Authorities say Wright and Beadles had a brief relationship around the time she was last seen by her family. Wright also has been charged with unlawful disposal of a body.

 

Ms. Snead was joined by Wendy Francis’ father, Kenneth Beadles, and family members Glenn and Earl Beadles at a press conference yesterday to plead for the public’s help in finding out more about what happened to Francis, who left the Nathalie home that she shared with her father in June 2012. Much of what happened to Frances after that time remains a mystery to the family, according to her parents.

 

Kenneth Beadles said he has been tormented by his daughter’s fate ever since he reported her disappearance to authorities in late July 2012. Wendy Beadles Francis lived at home with her father until June 8 of that year, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.

 

“I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. It’s been rough the last two years. It’s all I’ve been able to think about,” said Beadles, who said he has lost 20 pounds worrying about his daughter.

 

Of Wright, the suspected killer, Beadles said: “I don’t want to see him die, I just want to see him in the pen and have to think about it every day. I think about it every day. I want him to think about it every day, what he did.”

 

Family members said they didn’t know much about Wright at the time he was involved with Wendy Francis, although they were acquainted with other members of Wright’s family living in the Brookneal area. Both parents say they believe that Francis had broken off whatever relationship she may have had with Wright, which Snead said wasn’t very close.

 

“I don’t think dating [is] the word. I think ‘acquaintance’ would be more like it,” Snead said.

 

The victim’s mother and father depicted the murder suspect as a man who bullies and assaults women, although his violent streak was unknown to them at the time he and Wendy Francis were seeing each other.

 

“He’s not going to hurt another girl,” said Gayle Snead yesterday. Of Wright’s reputation in the community, “I’ve never really heard anything good about him.”

 

In December 2013, Wright was charged by Campbell authorities for the assault of a woman, not Francis, who had been living at his Phelps Creek Road home. The severity of the victim’s injuries prompted emergency personnel to summon a helicopter to airlift her from Brookneal to Lynchburg General Hospital. She was later released.

 

Snead alluded to the incident in condemning Wright’s pattern of violence and intimidation: “When you put 80 stitches in someone’s head, that draws attention to your situation,” she said.

 

Wright has been incarcerated at the Campbell County Adult Detention Center since the Dec. 19 attack and is scheduled to go to trial at the end of this month on charges of aggravated malicious wounding. He was indicted earlier this week for Wendy Francis’ murder while still behind bars.

 

The officer who served the murder warrant Tuesday “said the look on his [Wright’s] face was priceless,” said Snead, referring to his surprise at being charged. “I feel like we’re moving forward.”

 

She speculated that Wright has gotten away with other misdeeds in the past, including domestic assault and drug parties, and may have thought that he was safe from prosecution in Francis’ disappearance as long as the body did not turn up: “I think he’d actually thought he’d gotten away with it. It had been two years and nothing had happened to him,” Snead said.

 

In February 2013, a team of some 40 law enforcement personnel spent 10 hours searching for evidence in the case, a sweep that combined the efforts of canine units, dive teams and officers on foot. Their focus was an area off Mattox Road in Brookneal and at Phillips Creek in northern Halifax County.

 

Snead praised the work of Campbell County’s Sheriff’s Office, calling the investigation and this week’s indictments “just awesome.”

 

Beadles, the father, said family members do not know much about the details of the case that Campbell investigators have built against Wright, although he pointed to one piece of potential key evidence: the discovery of blood in Wright’s doublewide trailer home on Phelps Creek Home. Both he and Ms. Snead, the victim’s mother, have given blood samples to the Campbell department for the purposes of DNA matching, Beadles said.

 

Snead expressed the hope that more information will be forthcoming in the case, perhaps from individuals who knew Wright but may have been afraid of crossing him before now.

 

“People in Campbell County who knew what happened need to come forward,” she said. “I do believe [Wendy’s body] is in Campbell County.”

 

To furnish information in the disappearance of Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis, contact the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-877-798-5900. Callers will be remain anonymous.


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