NEW ALBANY • Authorities are still searching for a woman who went missing on New Year’s Day in Union County.
According to an update from Sheriff Jimmy Edwards, the search for 28-year-old Jessica Stacks is taking place in the Tallahatchie River bottom between the County Road 46 bridge and the Rocky Ford Bridge on State Highway 30 West in Etta. It’s about a two-and-a-half-mile span, the sheriff said.
Stacks and a male companion put a boat in the river at County Road 46 the morning of Jan. 1, possibly around 6:30 a.m. According to law enforcement officials, Stacks walked away from the boat before lunch on Jan. 1 and was reported missing around 10:15 p.m. that night.
There is no evidence of foul play, Edwards said.
A number of agencies have been involved in the search for Stacks, including the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County search and rescue team, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, a dive team from Ridgeland, cadaver dogs from Huntsville, a dog from Columbus and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
Edwards said Stacks’ purse was found in the boat. Officials also found a coat she might have been wearing on the bank of the river.
On Monday, the online version of Dateline NBC featured a story about Stacks and her family.
“My soul is telling me that something is very, very wrong,” Jessica’s mother, Cathy Story, told the national news organization. “I feel it when my kids are hungry. I feel it when they’re sad. Right now, I don’t have a good feeling at all.”
Edwards said it appears Stacks and her male companion were floating down the river to see if they could catch a hog or deer that had been pushed up to higher ground while the river water was high.
It is unknown why Stacks got out of the boat.
Stacks is a resident of the Harmony community in Union County and has children. She has blond hair and green eyes, is approximately 5-foot-4-inches tall and weights between 110-125 pounds. She has multiple tattoos, including a puzzle piece with the name Cobie, and the name Brayden.