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Major Case Squad plans large rescue operation for missing Southern Illinois woman

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The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has planned to conduct a large search and rescue operation in an attempt to find a missing Royal Lakes woman.

Denita M. Hedden, 37, was reported missing Jan. 28 at 11:49 a.m. Police said she was last seen leaving her residence on Jan. 25 around 2 p.m. wearing a maroon hoodie sweatshirt with orange sleeves and blue jeans. She has brown hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet tall and weighs about 110 pounds.

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Hedden has not contacted her family or friends and her disappearance is considered suspicious, according to police.

The Major Case Squad planned to search on both land and in the air from 8 a.m. to dusk Tuesday in Royal Lakes and surrounding areas. There will be many first responders involved in the search, which may create a delayed commute for residents.

“No inference should be made regarding the status of this investigation based on this development,” Major Case Squad said in a news release. “Its purposes are to assist Major Case Squad investigators in locating Denita Hedden and finding answers to her sudden and abrupt disappearance ... There is no known public threat or reason for alarm.”

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is currently operating out of the Bunker Hill Police Department.

Investigators asked anyone with information about Hedden, or her whereabouts, to contact authorities at one of the following numbers: Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis at 618-585- 3510; Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office at 217-854- 3135 ext: 1; or Macoupin and Montgomery County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-352-0136.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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