Local law enforcement officers were searching the Sid Richardson Boy Scout Ranch near Lake Bridgeport Friday, looking for a Sunset woman who’s been missing for two weeks.Samantha McNorton, 28, was allegedly last seen Nov. 2 with David Malone, 29, of Bowie at the One Stop in Runaway Bay. Family members reported her missing to Richland Hills Police Department, where she had recently spent time, Nov. 13.
Capt. Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office said they had also received information that she may have been seen in the Springtown area sometime after Nov. 2.
“There are many, many leads to follow,” he said.
Malone was arrested Thursday night and booked into the Parker County Jail. He is charged with sexual assault and assault of a family or household member. His previous convictions enhance the charges. He was arrested in Callisburg.
Parker County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Danie Huffman could not confirm whether McNorton is the assault victim in the charge against Malone.
Wise County’s Capt. Benton said they were searching the Boy Scout Ranch because it is near where McNorton was allegedly last seen, and they have been told Malone and his family have spent a lot of time in this area.
“We were told this guy and some of his family used to come out here and fish,” Benton said. “We’re just trying to cover all our bases, and it’s an area he might be familiar with.”As of Friday afternoon, Jack County, Parker County and Montague County deputies were assisting Wise County with the search that began Thursday afternoon. They were searching by foot and using a helicopter for an aerial search. The ranch covers several thousand acres.
Malone remained in the Parker County Jail and his bond had not been set as of press time Friday. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said Malone “wasn’t talking.”
McNorton is 5’6″ with short, light brown hair and blue eyes. She has “Blessed” tattooed on the back of her neck. She could be in the Springtown, Sunset or Bowie area.
If you have seen McNorton or have any information about her, call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at (940) 627-5971.