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Rachel was last seen in Paris, Tennessee on March 13, 2008. She was riding with her husband, Paul, in his gray 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck at the time. The couple were having marital problems and Rachel had moved out two months before, but they were trying to reconcile. At 9:33 a.m., an acquaintance called Rachel's cellular phone. Paul answered and seemed upset. The caller was unable to speak to Rachel. At 10:20 a.m., a witness saw Paul at his home alone. He drove there, stayed only a few minutes, and then drove away again. Rachel has never been heard from again.
Paul disappeared at the same time Rachel did. Their loved ones became concerned and contacted authorities, who began searching for them. Police found Paul's truck near his home on March 15. Rachel's cellular phone, wallet and medication were inside it. On March 16, authorities located Paul's body in the woods off Briarpatch Lake Road, about 500 yards from his home and near where the truck had been recovered. He had shot himself. There was no sign of Rachel at the scene and an extensive search of the area turned up no indication of her whereabouts.
Rachel left behind a thirteen-year-old daughter, who is now living with her paternal grandmother. The daughter described Paul, her stepfather, as abusive, and stated her mother loved her and would never have abandoned her. Authorities believe Rachel was the victim of a murder-suicide at Paul's hands. Her body has never been recovered, however.
Henry County Sheriff's Department