Newton Co. Rescue and Recovery assist in search for missing Bates Co. woman

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Nicole Mallet, 36, has been missing more than a week, family and authorities concerned

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BATES COUNTY, Mo. — The search for Nicole Mallet, 36, of Bates County continues and she’s been missing for more than a week. Her mother became suspicious when Nicole didn’t call her children on Thanksgiving.

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Bates County enacted the Southern Missouri Major Case Squad on Monday. And then on Tuesday, when it wasn’t public yet, K9s had alerted to areas where some of her belongings were found.

They requested assistance from one of our expert recovery teams in Southwest Missouri, Newton County Rescue and Recovery. According to Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson the dive teams focused on the property where she has lived the last 18 years with her boyfriend.

Water temps in those dives, 43 degrees. A person could not survive more than 20 minutes in water that cold.

Dive team members tell us they cleared the areas, nothing found. Authorities say the search is moving further away from her home.

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NOTE: Newton County Rescue and Recovery are a non-profit independent dive team and assist whenever they can in situations as this search in Bates County. Although they are supported in part by the Newton County Commissioners they also rely heavily on private donations.

As a non-profit organization anything you donate can be tax deductible. For more information click here to visit their website.

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