Nebraska State Patrol conducts large-scale search for missing woman

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(Pawnee County, NE) -- A large-scale search is underway in Pawnee County for a Nebraska woman missing since last Summer.

The Nebraska State Patrol says the search effort is part of an ongoing investigation into Linda Dillard's disappearance. The NSP says Dillard was last seen in the area near Table Rock on June 16, 2021.

The state patrol says the specific search area is near the Table Rock State Wildlife Management Area. NSP investigators believe Dillard may have been the victim of a crime, which led to her disappearance. The search operation is scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday, March 26, if necessary.

Court records show that the NSP believes Dillard met up with friends in Pawnee County in mid-June, where they drank and smoked meth at a farmstead. After a search of the property, a wig belonging to Dillard was located as well as clothes belonging to her. The state patrol says people who were at the farm told investigators that Dillard and a man at the property had an argument and she left. She has not been seen since.

The search operation includes numerous partners from multiple states. Participating agencies include the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, NecroSearch International, Brown County (KS) Mounted Search and Rescue, Saline County (KS) Mounted Patrol and Rescue, Sedgewick County (KS) Emergency Management, HRD Canine Search and Rescue Teams, University of Nebraska Department of Forensic Anthropology, and Midwest Archaeological Center.

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