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New details emerge about missing Arkansas Realtor – Updated

Area real estate agents pitch in for search effort, strange texts from her phone

[Update – New information about texts from her phone added Sept. 28 11 a.m. ET]

Police say that Crye-Leike Realtor Beverly Carter, 49, of Scott, Ark., was last heard from when she called her husband, Carl Carter, about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

She reportedly told her husband she was going to show a foreclosed home at 14202 Old River Drive to a client she had not met before.

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Pictured: Beverly Carter

The husband told police that he became concerned when by 9 p.m. his wife had not called. He drove to the site and found her brown Cadillac sport utility vehicle parked in the driveway with her purse inside it.

The door to the home at 140202 Old River Drive was open, he said.

CBS11 in Arkansas reports that her husband received three mysterious texts from her phone at about 1 a.m. Sept. 26, just six hours after she disappeared, that didn't sound like her at all.

"All of a sudden I received three texts in a row. One said 'Yes.'… Then she sent another text that said, 'My phone's low. The battery's down, and I'll call you whenever I get signal.' …And, then, straight back-to-back, I received a text that said 'Oh, I'm out drinking with some friends,'" he recited. "Beverly's not a drinker…We just want our mom back, and my wife of 35 years…I need her."

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Graphic: Zillow

Deputies investigating the case say that there was nothing apparently missing except for the door lock that real estate agents use for key.

"I just want my wife back," says Carter. To see his full interview with local Arkansas media, click here.  

According to local news reports, Sheriff’s investigators roped off the driveway to the home Carter was showing and a crime scene vehicle sat at the very front of the driveway Friday morning. Carter's SUV was parked farther down outside the home with police evidence markers set on the ground near it.

North Little Rock area real estate agents have volunteered for search efforts and have been blanketing the area, looking for information or evidence, and passing out fliers with information about Carter.

"It's a reality check actually to make sure people know where we are and who we are showing property to," says Carter's fellow realtor, Staci Medlock. 

Realtors from the immediate and surrounding areas met first thing Friday to coordinate their efforts, local press reports say.

Beverly Carter was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt and red shorts.

Those with information on her whereabouts are urged to call the Pulaski County sheriff’s office’s 24-hour communications number, (501) 340-6963; its criminal investigations division, (501) 340-6940; or the central Arkansas CrimeStoppers tip line, (501) 340-8477.

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