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Authorities search river for evidence in murder case

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Authorities acting on a tip searched the White River near Sylamore May 28 for evidence in the Rebekah Gould murder case.

Lt. Bill Beach of the Arkansas State Police said divers from the Baxter and Izard County sheriff's offices, Arkansas Game and Fish and the Izard County Office of Emergency Management searched the river for most of the day with no results.

"We found a laptop computer that isn't related to the Gould homicide," Beach said.

He said he was unable to comment about what specific items the divers were searching for.

"We received information from a source that an item related to the case was in the river," Beach said. "Until the investigation is complete and charges have been filed we cannot comment about certain details of the investigation."

Gould's partially clothed body was discovered on Highway 9 on a wooded embankment 5 miles west of Melbourne Sept. 27.

Investigators think Gould was forcible removed from the home of a friend, Casey McCullough, in Guion Sept. 20

She was last seen alive at 8 a.m. at the Possum Trot Convenience Store in Melbourne after she dropped McCullough off at work.

Gould's personal effects, her car and quantities of blood were found inside McCullough's house the day after she disappeared.

Beach said investigators have several suspects but charges are not imminent.

"I feel good about the progress that is being made in this case," Beach said. "There's still quite a bit of evidence that is still being processed in the crime lab."

Beach would not comment as to whether McCullough is a suspect or involved in the murder.

"We're can't comment about who is or who isn't a suspect at this time," Beach said.

Authorities have not released a cause of death for Gould, but her father, Larry Gould, a Mountain Home dentist, said she died from a blunt force trauma to the head.

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