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September 22, 2013

‘She just walked off the face of the earth’

Six years ago a woman who lived just outside of Wolfe City apparently walked away from her home and was never seen again.

“It is like she just walked off the face of the earth,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said of the 2007 disappearance of Lisa Chandler.

A reward remains in effect for information concerning Chandler’s whereabouts, although Meeks said there are no new leads in the case.

“This is still an open case and the search for Lisa Chandler continues,” Meeks said. “Twice, I have sent investigators to Louisiana to interview a possible suspect in her disappearance. So far, we have not been able to come up with any concrete evidence. The evidence shows that she simply vanished without any trace at all. Items that she would normally take with her were still in her home. However, we will continue to investigate her disappearance.”

Chandler’s family has posted a $1,000 reward for information about Chandler, who was believed to have disappeared from her home on State Highway 34 North on the afternoon of Sept. 23, 2007.

Her family was unable to reach her when they tried to call her the next day. The door to her home was found unlocked and the windows open.

Authorities have theorized Chandler may have begun walking south along Highway 34 toward Greenville from her residence and may have been picked up by a passing motorist. Sheriff’s investigators were able to track Chandler’s scent with bloodhounds five miles along the highway before the trail ended.

In March 2009 detectives with the sheriff’s office conducted a search of the bridge across Brushy Branch Creek, about three-fourths of a mile south of Chandler’s home, based on a tip which had been phoned in. Items, including a bone, were recovered from the location, although tests revealed none of the items belonged to Chandler and the bone was not human.

Chandler remains featured on several Internet missing person sites.

Anyone with any information concerning Chandler’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office at 903-453-6800 or Hunt County Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.

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