Dana Lanell Stidham (Help Solve-Unsolved Cold Case-1989/Arkansas).

DANA LANELL STIDHAM

Dana Lenell Stidham was born March 8, 1971. She
was the daughter of Lawrence and Georgia Stidham
and a sister to Larry Stidham. She was a life long
resident of Hiwasse and a graduate of Gravette
High School.

On July 25, 1989, Dana left home on an errand to
a nearby grocery store in Bella Vista but never
returned home. Early the following morning her
car was found on Hwy 71 north of the Bella Vista
Town Center. As days and weeks went by, personal
items were also found. Her body was discovered
by a hunter on September 17, 1989, in a remote
wooded area of Bella Vista. Our worst fears had
come true. Dana was the victim of a brutal murder.
Our community and surrounding communities were in
shock! Horrified and angered, we struggled with
the thought of why anyone would take the life of
this beautiful young girl.

Family, friends, local industries and small
businesses throughout the county helped raise
$20,000 as a reward for anyone who had information
that might help find her killer.

Violent crime was new to us in this small
community. But as tragedy often has in the past,
it brought us together as neighbors and as friends.

Dana was laid to rest October 29, 1989, at
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. She was 18. This remains
as unsolved mystery.

Submitted by Friends of Dana Stidham
***************************************
IN MEMORY OF DANA LENELL STIDHAM
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Gravette, Arkansas
March 8, 1971

DANA LANELL STIDHAM

Dana Lanell Stidham was born March 8, 1971. She
was the daughter of Lawrence and Georgia Stidham
and a sister to Larry Stidham. She was a life long
resident of Hiwasse and a graduate of Gravette
High School.

On July 25, 1989, Dana left home on an errand to
a nearby grocery store in Bella Vista but never
returned home. Early the following morning her
car was found on Hwy 71 north of the Bella Vista
Town Center. As days and weeks went by, personal
items were also found. Her body was discovered
by a hunter on September 17, 1989, in a remote
wooded area of Bella Vista. Our worst fears had
come true. Dana was the victim of a brutal murder.
Our community and surrounding communities were in
shock! Horrified and angered, we struggled with
the thought of why anyone would take the life of
this beautiful young girl.

Family, friends, local industries and small
businesses throughout the county helped raise
$20,000 as a reward for anyone who had information
that might help find her killer.

Violent crime was new to us in this small
community. But as tragedy often has in the past,
it brought us together as neighbors and as friends.

Dana was laid to rest October 29, 1989, at
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. She was 18. This remains
as unsolved mystery.

Submitted by Friends of Dana Stidham
***************************************
IN MEMORY OF DANA LENELL STIDHAM
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Gravette, Arkansas
March 8, 1971

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