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Echo Loyd disappeared a little over one year ago from Edwards, Benton County, Missouri, where she had resided for only a short seven months. Edwards is an extremely rural area and is surrounded by thousands of acres of forest and many waterways. Her adult daughter, Kelsey Smith, discovered she was missing from her home on May 15, 2020. She immediately informed the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Kelsey describes her mother as good-hearted but a bit naive and non-confrontational.
Kelsey last spoke with her Mother on May 9, 2020, the day before Mother’s Day. She drove to her mother’s house on Mother’s Day to visit and give her gifts, only to find Echo and her vehicle gone. She left flowers and a card on the porch, along with a note asking her to call.
On Friday, May 15, 2020, Kelsey drove to her mother’s home. Her locked vehicle was there, but Echo was not. Kelsey searched around the property but couldn’t find her. The house was locked, so she entered through a window.
Kelsey noticed that the house was more disheveled than her mother would generally keep it. There were small piles of trash here and there and moldy food in the kitchen. She searched Echo’s bedroom and noticed a pack of cigarettes and a lighter on the nightstand. She found her mother’s purse with her identification and cash. But her cell phones, keys, her pistol, and her medication were all missing. She also found a Wal-Mart receipt in the house, dated May 10, 2020, with Echo’s handwriting on it. And, someone had brought in the flowers and card from the porch.
Kelsey called the Benton County Sheriff’s Department. Eventually, the missing person’s case was sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Some key information has surfaced since the investigation began, but much of it has left Echo’s family and the community with even more questions.
CCTV shows that Echo was at Wal-Mart in Warsaw, MO.
A clerk at the Dollar General store, also in Warsaw, reports interacting with a woman who meets Echo’s description who was trying to buy a prepaid cell phone and phone card. According to the clerk, one or more people were waiting for the woman in a vehicle outside.
Echo’s credit cards and iPhone have not been used since her disappearance. Her prescription medication has not been refilled.
Her car keys and medication were eventually found, but not with her belongings at her house.
Echo’s pistol, which she always carried, was found in the woods in the area behind her home.
Law enforcement maintains there is an open investigation and has not made a public statement about the case. When trying to reach out to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it took me two days to get through to the right person. He requested that anyone having information about Ms. Lloyd contact the Missouri Missing Persons Hotline at (866) 362-6422.
There is a Facebook page, “Bring Echo Home,” and a website www.bringechohome.com dedicated to spreading the word about Echo, with the hope of finding someone who knows something about her disappearance.
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