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Kidnapped employee found dead in the road

(SOURCE: family) (SOURCE: family)

Investigators are searching for the person responsible for kidnapping a mother of eight and leaving her for dead on the side of the road. 

Laurie Pixler was taken just over 24 hours ago from outside the Dollar Tree where she worked in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Monday, people went  to the Dollar Tree store in Jonesboro to express their condolences after an assistant manager was kidnapped at gunpoint as she left the store Sunday night and then later found dead. The 911 tapes reveal the chilling crime.

"I want to cry. I'm sure I know her," Gin Sturgeon said. "Oh I know her. She was so sweet. What was she like. She was a very sweet woman so nice."

Her Facebook message Sunday morning said “Good morning everyone. Hope everybody has a beautiful day!”  

Pixler left the store with a co-worker not long after 9 p.m. Sunday night when the store closed. She was then kidnapped and forced into her black Hyundai by a man wearing a red bandanna.

The co-worker called 911 and said, "He's in her car with her. He's got her at gunpoint. She's driving." Jonesboro police started searching for the car.

Not too long after, police got a call from a motorist who said he ran over something on Interstate 555 about 20 minutes East of Jonesboro. That's where Pixler's body was found. Her car was in a ditch. Her kidnapper was gone.

Pixler was married with eight children, the youngest a 3-year-old girl.

Family friend Mark Cornish said, "Ms. Pixler would give you the shirt off her back. She would do anything for anybody." 

Laurie Pixler's body was taken to the Arkansas Crime Lab to determine how she died. Jonesboro police said they are getting tips.

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