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Foul play possible in missing woman investigation

Halifax and Campbell County authorities now say they have reason to believe foul play may have been involved in the disappearance of Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis of Nathalie after deputies were able to track her last known whereabouts to the Brookneal area.

Francis was last seen at her father’s house on Brad Smith Trail in Nathalie back in June, but authorities say they have discovered Francis was seen in Brookneal shortly after leaving her father’s house, Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark said.

Francis had friends in Brookneal and may have stayed there after she left home, according to Clark.

Campbell County Major L. T. Guthrie said no reasonable explanation exists for Francis’ disappearance. 

Guthrie said Francis had been known to disappear weeks at time before contacting relatives, but this time she hasn’t done that.

At this time, Clark said the sheriff’s office is diligently working to locate Francis but hasn’t had any concrete leads. 

Clark and Guthrie are both hoping someone will come forward with the information they need to locate Francis.

Francis, age 35, is a white female, born Nov. 20, 1976. She is five-foot four-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. 

Captain Steve Cassada of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said when last seen she had brown hair and blues eyes. 

A tattoo of a scorpion can be found on the back of her neck, Cassada said.

“Francis isn’t wanted on any charges and does not have any medical conditions,” he added.

Anyone with information concerning Francis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-4273.