An investigation continues after Holly Marie Cantrell went missing more than a year ago.
Cantrell, 40, of McAlester, has been missing since Jan. 20, 2017, when she left her job at the McAlester Regional Health Center for lunch at 11:56 a.m., and was seen on MRHC security video surveillance getting into a green, short wheelbase truck. One lead indicated Cantrell was observed at a Braum’s on U.S. Highway 69 in McAlester at 12:20 p.m. that day, but has not been seen or heard from since.
Authorities said they are still diligently following up on any and all other leads as to what happened to Cantrell.
“It is an ongoing investigation,” Brant Gamble, McAlester police detective said. “We are still following leads.”
On Feb. 25, 2017, a hunter found Cantrell’s purse at Cardinal Pointe Recreation Area which led to a group of volunteers to search the area. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said the items that were recovered were a shirt and a hair clip and some paperwork, but only the paperwork belonged to Cantrell.
Cantrell is believed to have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance, although investigators could not confirm or deny.
Cantrell’s mother, Joellen Constancio, of Fort Smith, Ark., said she spoke with her daughter one week before she went missing.
“She wouldn’t have just run off — something has happened to her,” Constancio said. “She would have contacted her family, me, her sister or brother if she was thinking of running away.”
Constancio said Holly told her she had recently been diagnosed with diabetes and heart problems, and would not have purposely left her purse with all her medication in the woods.
“She would not have just thrown everything out like that,” Constancio said.
Constancio said she feels more should be done in the search for her daughter.
The concerned mother said she can’t think of a reason why anyone would want to harm her daughter.
“My daughter is a beautiful person,” Constancio said. “It is such a mystery why anyone would take her or do something bad to her. She loved life and her kids were her whole world.”
A cash reward of $4,625 from the family is still available for information on the whereabouts of Cantrell as police continue to investigate the mysterious disappearance.
Gamble said investigators are still actively working and doing anything they can to find information to find her or find out what happened to Cantrell.
“If there is anyone that has information we encourage you to come and talk to us,” Gamble said.
Cantrell is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing green nursing scrubs.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact McAlester police at 918-423-1212 or the Detective Division at 918-421-4917.
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