[Mysteriousheartland.com] On October 8, 2015, 23-year-old Maranda Goldman, a brown-eyed young woman with curly, dark brown hair, wearing a light blue t-shirt and blue jean shorts, went to the Goodwill Store on 28th Avenue in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to fill out a job application. She was never heard from again.
The crime lab has positively identified a body found in a wooded area northeast of 38th and Ohio streets as Maranda Goldman. According to KTHV Channel 11 News, police found her cell phone at the crime scene.
“The biggest thing we need to know right now is the cause of death,” Lt. David Price told KTHV. “We don’t know if there’s any criminal activity involved per se, and we also don’t know if it’s natural causes or what the case may be. So, we are waiting on the return from the crime lab.”
Pine Bluff, Arkansas is a city of around 45,000 nestled along the Arkansas River.
Around 4:30 pm, Maranda Goldman left the Goodwill and headed for her car. She told her family the interview went well, but later, Goodwill employees claimed the interview never happened.
Concerned family members found Maranda’s car in the Goodwill parking lot. After several days without hearing from her daughter, Sandy Goldman knew something was wrong. “It’s been over four days, going on five, I’ve never went one day without Maranda contacting me,” she told KTHV. “No matter what kind of trouble or anything that she was in, good, bad or ugly, she always contacted me.”
Though local police had little to go on, they did not rule out foul play. Now, family members’ worst fears have been confirmed.
On November 10, police received an anonymous tip that a body had been discovered in a wooded area northeast of the intersection of 38th and Ohio streets. At around 8:30am, police found the decomposed body of a Caucasian female in the woods. The crime scene is approximately 2.4 miles from the Goodwill parking lot.
Because of decomposition, the body could not be immediately identified and had to be sent to the to the state crime lab for positive identification. Police told KTHV there was no obvious indication of how she died. Results of the autopsy are still pending.
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