Officials search lake area for missing Hurt woman

Authorities are concentrating their search for a missing Hurt area woman at Leesville Lake, Lt. Boyd Arnold of the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Arnold said no one has had contact with Brenda Eades, 57, who lives on Grit Road, since Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Searches in the area and in Harrisonburg have been unsuccessful, although her 2006 silver Jeep was found Friday. Arnold said the vehicle was parked at a vacant house in a Marina Drive subdivision. He said Eades, who's a loan officer at First National Bank in Altavista, had been involved in the house's sale. He said the new owners hadn't moved into the house.

Based on where the vehicle was found, things the family has told law enforcement and actions by search dogs, Arnold said, "The suspicion is she is in the lake."

He said the sheriff's department bloodhound indicated she went to the edge of the lake and cadaver dogs indicated a body is in the water.

On Tuesday, officials were going to the lake site to mark an area for a more elaborate search Wednesday with Virginia Canine Response Team dogs, an underwater dive team from the Virginia State Police and an underwater camera from the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department. That camera was also used Monday.

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