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04/30/02 - Canton

Police Drag Lake for Missing Woman

Barry Ragland is in the Van Zandt County Jail charged with murdering his estranged wife-- Sharon Ragland, even though her body hasn't been found. Mister Ragland has a past record. He was convicted in 1996 for Assault, Causing Bodily Injury. Police say he was also questioned for family violence at least twice in the last year.

Police were back on the water Tuesday. Officers and Texas Game Wardens dragged the bottom of Canton City Lake looking for the body of 49 year old Sharon Ragland. She disappeared last week. Police Chief David Hammonds says only her husband knows where she is.

"He's not talking to anybody right now. He hasn't had an attorney appointed to him yet. I feel like some time this week, maybe the latter part of this week, he'll have an attorney appointed to him and then, hopefully we may be able to get some more information about what's going on."

Sharon Ragland worked at the Lone Star Harley Davidson in Tyler. Her co-workers are still struggling with her death. Owner, Bennie Latch spoke to Channel 7 News Tuesday afternoon. "We just hope that they find her. That she's found so that her family can be ok with that and that us, as her family can be ok with it also."

That's what Canton Police hope as well. So far their search has been unsuccessful. Chief Hammonds says their search may now expand to other areas. "There's one other site that we're going to try to look at sometime this week. And that's a site over in Lancaster. It's strictly a shot in the dark."

The search will continue on Canton City Lake through the week. On Friday divers from the Department of Public Safety will be back to go over any remaining hot spots.

Barry Ragland's bond was reduced Monday night from $1 million to $250 thousand.

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