Sheriff's: Missing St. David woman's car found near Pinal County - Tucson News Now

Sheriff's: Missing St. David woman's car found near Pinal County line

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The effort to find a missing Cochise County woman centered around a remote area near the Pinal County line Saturday. A hunter found 86-year-old Mary Black's vehicle abandoned. She disappeared from her Saint David home on Sunday.

Black has dementia and hasn't driven in 10 years, her daughter said. Now, investigators are trying to figure out how her SUV ended up more than a hundred miles away from home.

Search and rescue crews scoured a remote area about 15 miles southwest of Eloy. It's where a hunter found Mary Black's vehicle abandoned and stuck in the mud.

"It's unusual for sure," said Pima Co. Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Dowdy. "It's a puzzle I wish I had the answer to figure out exactly why this vehicle was here in this location."

Investigators say Black disappeared from her St. David home almost a week ago. She left with the keys to her SUV, her daughter said. Tucson News Now had the only camera there as crews searched about 200 yards in each direction from where the SUV was found. They had a plane hovering overhead and search dogs below.

"Looking for small items that may have been dropped on the way, any pieces of clothing, jewelry, keys," said Jeffrey Landtiser, of Civil Air Patrol.

The crews ended their six hour search at sunset. The only thing they did find-- footprints walking away from the SUV and toward a set of tire tracks.

"Some of the theories would be maybe Mary left this vehicle unattended at some other location and somebody else saw an opportunity and stole this vehicle and ended up out in this area," said Dowdy.

Forensic deputies dusted for fingerprints and searched for any evidence. Investigators say it appears there is no sign of foul play inside the vehicle but are not ruling anything out.

The SUV has been towed to Tucson where it will be stored. Investigators aren't narrowing their search to any particular area, they say she could be anywhere. Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.

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