Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On January 26, 2001 at approximately 12:25 pm, Gloria McDonald, her husband, her husband's son, and the son's girlfriend, arrived at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, located near Mena, in Polk County, Arkansas.
Once they arrived at the park, all four of them went down the trail toward "Lover's Leap." About 150 to 200 yards down the trail they encountered several trees across the trail, at which point Gloria decided not to go any further. Gloria subsequently turned around and went toward the lodge (gift shop and restaurant) while the others continued to "Lover's Leap. The others' hike lasted about 30 minutes. When they went to the lodge they could not locate Gloria, and haven't heard from her since.The car the group had traveled in to the lodge was parked where it had been originally left and Gloria's purse was locked inside. A search of the car indicated none of her personal belongings were missing. There have been numerous ground and aerial searches performed, but nothing has been found.
All three family members passed polygraph tests, as did a park worker who told investigators he may have seen a woman wearing a yellow coat, which McDonald wore on the day she vanished. A couple told investigators they were certain they saw McDonald with a tall man at Waldron Food Center the day after she was reported missing, but investigators were unable to confirm the sighting.At the time of her disappearance, Gloria was working as a reporter for the Mena Star newspaper, writing stories about court proceedings. Gloria McDonald's car remained outside the Mena apartment complex where she lived after she was reported missing. Gloria McDonald owned no significant life insurance policies or other assets, and investigators also have seen no activity out of the ordinary in Gloria McDonald's bank accounts in Mena and Florida.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas State Police
Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Arkansas Crime Information Center
Arkansas State Police