Horseshoe Bay police searching for missing 8-year-old girl

Sonja Murdock and the missing child, Margo Murdock
Sonja Murdock and the missing child, Margo Murdock

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (KXAN) — Police in the Hill Country are looking for a 8-year-old girl who is currently with a parent who doesn’t have custodial rights.

Horseshoe Bay police say Margo Murdock was reported missing on Aug. 18 by her grandmother, Sandy Hayes. Hayes told police the child was last seen with her mother, Sonja Murdock on the evening of Aug. 17 leaving for Austin.

“Conflicting court documents regarding the custodial issue of the child were provided to investigators. However, they continued to travel into other jurisdictions making contact with friends, relatives, and associates of Sonja Murdock attempting to locate Margo,” said the Horseshoe Bay police in a statement.

On Aug. 25, authorities say paperwork from the Llano County District Court indicated the child’s guardian is her grandmother.

Horseshoe Bay police say they have entered Margo into the Texas Crime Information Center as a missing person but the situation does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Horseshoe Bay Police Department at 830-598-2633. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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