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    Katherine Cleary missing since Sunday out of Sherwood

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    SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police have released surveillance photos of two women they say used a credit card belonging to Katherine Cleary of Sherwood, who has been missing since Sunday.

    According to authorities, the women bought a flat-screen TV at a Jacksonville Wal-Mart.

    The Sherwood Police Department is still asking for assistance in locating Cleary. She is described as being five feet tall, weighing about 93 pounds with has blonde hair and blue eyes. She has not been seen or heard from since 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

    Sherwood police responded to an alarm call at her residence in the early Monday morning. They found the residence unsecure.

    Cleary has no known health issues and her family has been unable to make contact with her. Also missing was her 2000 white Mercury Marquis that has an Arkansas license plate of 991 NSI. Police have since located her car. They only say there was no evidence of foul play inside the car, such as blood or signs of a struggle.

    "It is very unusual for something like this to go on," says David Burden.

    He and his wife Debbie are as close to Katherine Cleary as two neighbors can be.

    "We met Katherine when we first moved in here about 15 years ago. The fact is, her and Debbie have went on vacations together a couple of times," says Burden.

    Like many good neighbors, they keep an eye on each other. When Cleary's home security alarm went off Monday morning, the Burden's came to check it out. They found Cleary and her vehicle gone.

    "She doesn't leave that early in the morning. She's been retired for a long time. She gets up early but not that early," says Burden.

    "As far as her just getting up and walking away, it's not like that is a normal thing," says Officer Joshua Adams with the Sherwood Police Department.

    He says initially, the responding officers found nothing wrong.

    "There was a dresser drawer pulled out and two night stand drawers pulled out but other than that, the rest of house appeared like nothing had happened."

    Cleary's family told police they had not seen her since Sunday.

    "That is what made it odd that no one has seen or heard from her in two days," says Officer Adams.

    Tuesday, authorities released surveillance pictures of two women leaving a Jacksonville Wal-Mart. Police say they used Cleary's credit card to purchase a flat screen television. Officer Adams says those women are in police custody and are being questioned.

    "We're not ruling out foul play. As a matter of fact, we are hoping that is not the case but there again, we haven't heard from her," says Officer Adams.

    Burden says he and his wife are also fearing the worst.

    "If she was going away, she would have called us to tell us to watch the dogs and I can't believe she would leave at 4:30 in the morning especially with the garage door on the house. It doesn't sound right at all. She just doesn't do things like that," says Burden.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts or information on her vehicle please contact the Sherwood Police Department at 501-835-1425.

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