Police are still searching for 32-year-old Monroe City woman Amanda Johnston more than 24 hours after family members reported her missing, and her home seemingly broken into.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said while they have burglary suspects in custody and are trying to determine if the incidents are related, they said they're still investigating as they believe she could be in danger.
"To think that a small town like this would have something like that happen is very shocking," said Monroe City Resident Karen Seward, "everyone in town when they heard about it was upset now there were lots of rumors going around, but I don't think most people listen to those rumors."
Seward said the whereabouts of Amanda Johnston has been on everyone's minds in town.
Kimberly Minor said she lives near Johnston's home near Stone drive and West summer street, and was there last night when police were out looking for her.
She said it kept her up all night worrying.
"Last night there were a lot of police cars here, a lot of state patrol presence, five or six cruisers from Monroe city, they went up and down each block," said Minor.
Johnston's mother, Sandra Brooks, said she just wants Johnston to come home safe.
"She's not done this, not like this, yeah she's a kid she does things, but not this," said Brooks.
Brooks isn't alone, everyone WGEM News spoke to in Monroe City Thursday said they feel the same way.
"Oh yes the whole town is praying for Amanda and we all hope she comes home safe," said Seward.
"I hope she gets found safe, I know she has small children, and no children should ever have to go without their mother," said Minor.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said if you have any information about Johnston's whereabouts, to call them at (660)-385-2132 or the Monroe City police department at (573)-735-4431.