Hempstead County
Sheriff's Office
Hope, Arkansas
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Seeking Information on Missing Persons














June 10, 2018

Once again, I wish to remind everyone that we still have three missing persons from Hempstead County, I want to make an appeal to anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of these three Hempstead County Citizens please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office or your local Law Enforcement agencies. We have received numerous leads from the community however all have not produced much results.

Someone out there knows or has information as to the whereabouts of these citizens, please if you have any information that would help us reunite the three with their families please contact us. All information will be kept confidential.


The Below Listed Persons have been reported missing over the past six years from Hempstead County, The Hempstead County Sheriff’s office is investigating the disappearance of then 31-year-old Casey Clark now 36 of Fulton, Arkansas, 58-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope, Arkansas. And Most recently Madeline R. Tomlin age 24 at the time of her disappearance in May of 2015.


Casey Clark and Joseph Cowart was reported missing to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office in March and May of 2012. Madeline R. Tomlin was reported missing in May of 2015. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Detectives from the Hope Police Department continue to work on the cases chasing down leads without much results and Sharing information on all three cases.


Casey Clark is described as approximately 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds, Black Hair, Brown Hair. Dark complexioned African American Male. It is unknown the type clothes Casey was Wearing or his direction of travel


On Friday March 30, at approximately 1400 hours Melvin Clark reported his 31-year-old son Casey Clark missing. Melvin stated that no one had heard or seen Casey Tuesday March 27, 2012. Mr. Clark stated that Casey was staying with a friend at Amandex Apartments and left in that car which was later found at the Boll Weevil Liquor store in Fulton (Miller County). Mr. Clark stated that Melvin also left his wallet in the friend’s apartment.


Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Casey Clark is encouraged to call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727.


Hempstead County Investigators are seeking any information on the whereabouts of 58-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope who has not been seen or heard of since Tuesday May 15, 2012.


On 05/20/12 Deputies were dispatched to 3096 Highway 174 south in reference to Cowarts uncle not being able to make contact with his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart. Who is described as a white male, 6’ tall, 195 lbs., brown hair, and brown eyes. Unknown clothing.


Upon arrival Deputies met with Cowarts uncle. Who stated that he hasn't talked to his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart since Tuesday, 05/15/2012.


The uncle said that he went to his residence located at 3096 highways 174 south around 1730 hours, knocked on his door and got no answer. He said that he left the residence and returned home to attempt to contact Christopher by telephone.


The uncle said that Christopher's truck was still parked under the carport. And the doors to the house and truck were locked. The uncle entered the house and observed that Christopher was not in it. And they walked around the yard and checked the buildings around the house but he was nowhere to be found. The uncle said that he talks to Christopher daily and it was not like him not to call him back when he called.


Christopher Cowart has been entered in NCIC/ACIC as a missing person.


As of March 28, 2017, The Hempstead County Sheriff’s office has not received any further information on Mr. Cowart’s whereabouts.


Anyone having information to the whereabouts of Mr. Cowart please call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office. @ 870-777-6727


Madeline R. Tomlin is described as being 5-5, weighing 115 pounds, with brownish red hair and green eyes. She was last seen in the Hope, Arkansas area on the evening of Wednesday, May 20, 2015 She was possibly wearing light blue cotton pants and a white or cream colored top. Tomlin is now thinner than she appears in the photo above. She has a butterfly tattoo on her foot, the name “Cash” on her ankle, and a horseshoe on her shoulder.

Anyone who may have information regarding the current whereabouts of Madeline Tomlin is urged to contact the Hope Police Department at 870-777-3434, 870-703-3481, Detective Coronado at 870-722-2561, or The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.

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