Father of missing beauty queen, 14, claims she was abused by her stepdad who then killed himself
- Sidney Nicole Randall went missing from Arkansas home on March 4
- Her stepfather John Cornell found dead in apparent suicide two days later
- Father Victor Randall said his daughter was 'scared' of Cornell and he hit her
- Volunteers renewed search for Sidney after she was last seen in her home
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 05:28 EST, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 05:58 EST, 19 March 2013
The father of a missing teenage beauty queen claims that she was abused by her stepfather and was planning to 'tell' of his behaviour.
Sidney Nicole Randal, 14, was last seen at her Arkansas home on March 4 after going missing in the middle of the night.
Her stepfather John Cornell, who was named as the main suspect in her disappearance, was found dead in an apparent suicide two days later.
Missing: Sidney Nicole Randall, 14, went missing on March 9 from her home in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Her stepfather John Cornell, the main suspect in her disappearance, was found dead after an apparent suicide two days later
Abuse: Sidney's biological father claimed that Cornell had abused Sidney, saying that he 'slugged her in the mouth'
As the search for the teenager continues, her biological father claimed that Cornell had abused Sidney, saying that he 'slugged her in the mouth'.
Victor Randall told KAIT-TV: 'She was scared of him.' He also said that his daughter 'was going to tell' of Cornell's alleged behaviour.
Describing Sidney as a 'sweet, caring person', her brother Ben said she was also 'keeping something'.
He added: 'She never did tell anybody but she was keeping something from everybody.'
Suspect: John Cornell, who was named as the main suspect in her disappearance, was found 200 yards from his truck having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Sidney was last seen at her home in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on Saturday March 4 at 10pm wearing a brown Aeropostale jacket.
Her mother Denise Cornell woke at 3:30am but could not find her daughter or husband Cornell in the property.
When Cornell returned home without Sidney, Mrs Cornell called 911, before her husband once again left the house.
His body was found on Monday, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, approximately 200 yards from his truck.
Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson said that Cornell had gone on a spending spree after collecting his tax return.
He purchased a computer, the gun that inflicted the fatal wound and a number of smaller items.
Mrs Cornell told KAIT-TV she believes her daughter was forced from the house, pointing to the fact that she left her makeup behind.
She added: 'She has an upcoming pageant in April, and that’s how I know she wouldn't have left willingly.'
An extensive police search has yet to find locate Sidney, described as 5'04" with green eyes and brown hair, having deployed helicopters, sniffer dogs and scuba divers.
A team of volunteers has renewed their search for the beauty queen, focussing on northeastern Arkansas.
Search: A team of volunteers has renewed their search for the beauty queen, focussing on northeastern Arkansas