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 October 28, 2023

Mother’s body found just days after she begged police for help

22-year-old Hailey Silas's body was discovered on a barge in the Mississippi River days after she repeatedly called 911 from West Memphis, Arkansas.

The Memphis area witnessed a baffling incident when the body of Hailey Silas, a 22-year-old from Oklahoma, was found on a barge drifting on the Mississippi River. Silas’s last days were mired in confusion and fear, as evidenced by a series of emergency calls she made shortly before her demise.

When Shelby County police Chief Deputy Anthony Buckner was asked about the case, he remarked, "In my 22 years of working with the sheriff’s office, I don’t think there’s been any investigation of a body on a barge."

As of now, the authorities are actively trying to piece together the circumstances leading up to Hailey’s death. Efforts are being made to review video evidence, including potential dashcam footage, to shed light on how Silas might have ended up in such a grim situation.

Reaching out for help: Silas's calls to 911

The distressing events preceding Silas's discovery started in West Memphis, Arkansas. On October 15, she was arrested for dialing 911 repeatedly. During one of her calls, she reached out from a gas station near the Southland Casino. She urged the police to help her leave town, voicing her fears.

When officers arrived at her location, she expressed that she was experiencing a panic attack.

As reported by WREG, after being escorted to the police station in handcuffs, Silas pleaded with officers, saying, “I want to talk to my parents. I’m scared.”

She also expressed a desire to be taken to a psych ward.

Legal encounters and pleas for help

Just three days before her body was discovered, Hailey pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of "communicating a false alarm." This charge parallels that of filing a false report.

Following her plea, she was awarded a suspended sentence based on the time she had already served, KFOR reported.

Records disclose that a psychological evaluation report exists, but its contents remain undisclosed. One has to wonder if these events in West Memphis and her later discovery on the barge are interconnected or merely tragic coincidences in a young woman's troubled journey.

Mysteries yet unsolved

So many questions remain unanswered. Why was an Oklahoma woman at the border between Arkansas and Tennessee? Was there a particular reason for her persistent 911 calls? While the Shelby County Sheriff's Office currently believes that foul play wasn't a factor in Silas's death, the investigation is ongoing.

Darrow, who seems to be an acquaintance or family member, mentioned an eerie encounter when trying to contact Silas. She said someone possessed Silas’s phone.

In her attempt to call it, an unknown man responded, deepening the mystery surrounding the events of Silas’s final days.

Lessons to learn from this tragedy

Hailey Silas's unfortunate demise leaves us with several valuable lessons:

  • Always pay attention to the warning signs: If someone is repeatedly reaching out for help, it’s vital to take their concerns seriously.
  • Communities should work towards better mental health resources and intervention strategies: Ensuring that those in distress receive the help they require.
  • Addiction is a challenging battle: It's essential to have strong support systems in place for individuals struggling with substance abuse.

Why this story matters

Such mysterious circumstances naturally pique public interest. Beyond the morbid curiosity lies a genuine concern for the safety and well-being of our communities. Incidents like these remind us of the unpredictability of life and the unforeseen challenges individuals may face, often behind closed doors.

Hailey Silas, despite her struggles with addiction and the challenges she faced in her last days, is remembered by her sister as a loving mother. Her sister poignantly mentioned on a GoFundMe page, "Her addiction took her away from everything she loved the most and most important what she was the best at which was being that little boy’s mommy."

This story not only sheds light on personal adversities but also poses questions about societal structures and support systems in place for those in need.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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