Body of missing Kansas woman found by loggers in Arkansas

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Ponca, Ark. (KAKE) -

Authorities say the remains of a missing 51-year-old Kansas woman has been found in Arkansas. 

KFSM reported Tuesday loggers found the body of Sherry Lynn Babcock near Ponca. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet confirmed the woman's remains were found.

The Potwin woman had been missing since November 16 and was last seen on surveillance video at the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca on November 22. 

The Newton County, Arkansas Sheriff's Office later found Babcock's vehicle abandoned. 

The local sheriff's office said foul play is not suspected, but a cause of death has yet to be determined. 


New surveillance footage shows when a missing Potwin woman was last seen in November.

The video shows Sherry Lynn Babcock walking inside the Buffalo Outdoor Center on Friday, Nov. 22. She’s seen wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt, black pants and dark shoes. Her car was found a couple days later in Ponca; it was unlocked, with her purse, money and other belongings inside. The sheriff isn’t ruling out foul play, he tells ABC affiliate KY3.

"It's very unusual circumstance," said Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler. "She's been missing since the 16th of November. We've done everything from ground searches with blood hounds, starting where the car was, using scent articles taken from the car. We've also used telephone pings, pinging her phone."

Sherry, 51, has not been in her Potwin home since Nov. 16. She was last heard from on Nov. 21 in Searcy, Ark. She was driving a blue 2007 Hyundai Sonata with a gray or silver left front fender, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities are searching for a Potwin woman who disappeared in Arkansas.

51-year-old Sherry Lynn Babcock was last heard from on November 21 in Searcy, Ark. but had not been seen since November 16.

The Newton County, Arkansas Sheriff's Office found Babcock's vehicle three hours away in Ponca, Ark. The car was unlocked and her purse and other personal valuables were left inside.

Newton County, Arkansas Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said his office has been using phone pings, dogs and other resources to try and locate Babcock but with no luck.

She is described as 5'2", 125 pounds with blue eyes and sandy blonde hair.

Anyone who has seen Babcock is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 870-446-5124 or the Butler County, Kansas Sheriff's Office at 316-322-4254.


Missing from: Potwin, Kan.

Last seen: Nov. 22, 2019 in Ponca, Ark.

Age: 51

Height: 5’2’’

Weight: 125 pounds

Hair: Sandy-blonde

Eyes: Blue

Vehicle description: Blue 2007 Hyundai Sonata with a gray or silver left front fender.

If you have information that could help the case, contact the Newton County Sheriff's Office at (870) 446-5124 or the Butler County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office at (316) 322-4254.

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