On Thursday, December 5th, Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson held a press conference in regards to the ongoing investigation and search for missing 36 year old Nicole Mallatt of Butler. Present at the press conference were media representatives from FM-92, Bates County Live, Fox 4 and KCTV 5. About 30 members from the Bates County Sheriff’s Department, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Wall of Honor Emergency Response Team were also on hand and after a short meeting and instructions from the Sheriff were deployed to the location being searched today.
Nicole was last seen on November 26, 2019 at about 7:40 pm and was reported missing to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office on November 29th. The Bates County Sheriff called in the Southwest Major Case Squad on Monday, December 2nd and a ground search for Nicole started on Tuesday. Authorities have used drones, water rescue with sonar, dive teams, cadaver dogs, and physical ground search in their efforts to locate Nicole. A search warrant was executed on Nicole’s home and the scene was processed by the Missouri Kansas City Police Department Crime Scene Technicians but Sheriff Anderson is unable to say at this time if anything was found in that search. Located about a quarter of a mile from her home authorities did find Nicole’s cell phone, a backpack with her ID and wallet and a pair of tennis shoes. These items are currently in the custody of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.
Agencies will continue to search for the next few days and if nothing is found then they will take a break and give searchers time to rest and catch their breath so they can resume looking for Nicole with fresh eyes.
If anyone has any information about Nicole or her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232.
FM-92 will update this story when more information is provided to us by the Bates County Sheriff’s Department.