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Search crews find pill bottle in muddy field next to missing Alton woman’s abandoned car

Adria Jean Hatten has been missing from Alton since Sunday.
Adria Jean Hatten has been missing from Alton since Sunday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who has been missing from Alton since Jan. 21.

Adria Jean Hatten, 39, was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Wood River on Sunday morning, according to a news release from the department. Hatten is a white woman who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 150 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Her car, a white 2013 Ford Focus, was found on Jan. 23 abandoned and stuck in a muddy field off of Big Bend Road in Madison.

On Saturday morning, volunteer search crews found a prescription pill bottle with Hatten’s name on it about 300 feet away from the vehicle in the woods, according to Captain Mike Dixon with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Dixon said while Hatten’s disappearance is concerning, there is “nothing at the scene that I would consider points out obvious signs of foul play or any kind of struggle indicating something happened besides her vehicle got stuck.”

Hatten has a tattoo of a cross on the inside of her left forearm, and was last seen wearing an aqua-colored V-neck, blue jeans and brown, calf-high high-heeled boots.

“We’re continuing to look at every lead that comes in and continue to ask for the public’s help,” Dixon said.

Volunteers also found clothes in the woods nearby, but Dixon said the sheriff’s department found the clothes on a previous search and determined they are not associated with Hatten’s disappearance.

The sheriff’s office entered Hatten into missing persons databases, and more than 50 emergency search and rescue officials searched the area where her car was found, but nothing gave investigators information on her whereabouts.

“Hatten’s family members have not spoken to her since her disappearance and are concerned for her well-being,” according to the new release on Tuesday.

Anyone who has seen Hatten, or who has information on where she may be, can call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 618-692-6087 or 618-692-4433, or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

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Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6