Remains of pregnant mom and 2-year-old daughter who went missing in 1998 found in car

A 23-year-old cold case appears to have been answered owing to the dedication and hard work of a nonprofit organisation.

According to sources, Adventures With Purpose, whose representatives are dedicated to working on cold cases around the United States, discovered an automobile buried in 8 feet of water in the Illinois Bayou stream last month.

Chaos Divers, assisting Adventures with Purpose, is so humbled to announce that Samantha Hopper, who was 8 months…

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On October 23, they notified the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, and a crew was dispatched to examine their discovery. The area where the car was recovered corresponded to the path taken by a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old daughter on September 11, 1998.

Samantha Jean Hopper and her daughter, Courtney, went missing while travelling between their house and a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The sheriff’s office stated in a report shortly after the car was found from the Illinois Bayou that the bodies of Samantha, Courtney, and Samantha’s unborn baby (she was 9 months pregnant at the time of her missing) had also been located.

According to the report, Samantha was believed to be travelling to drop off her daughter, Courtney Holt, before continuing on to a concert in Little Rock; but, Samantha, her daughter, and her blue Ford Tempo were never found.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office wishes to express their heartfelt sympathies to the families of Samantha Hopper and Courtney Holt, and they are grateful to have played a tiny role in bringing this 23-year-old case to a close.

Samantha’s surviving daughter, Dezarae, created a tribute page in the aftermath of the discovery. It says: after being lost for almost 23 years, they were able to discover her mother, who was 9 months pregnant, and her 22-month-old sister, Courtney, with the help of AWP and Chaos dive teams. It’s such a relief to have discovered her, and they wish to give them a dignified burial. If one is able to give or even pass this along, it would be greatly valued. Thank you very much.

Richard Carpenter, Dezarae’s husband, expressed his feelings in a Facebook post. He stated- his wife Dezarae has lived her entire life not knowing where her mother and sister were or what occurred to them. Samantha Hopper and her baby Courtney had been lost since 1998, and they were eventually recovered this week. Samantha was pregnant when she mysteriously disappeared. His wife and he are considering doing a service for all three of them. Thank you so much, and God bless.

The thought of Samantha, her little girl, and her unborn kid being trapped in that car is heartbreaking

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