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New reports reveal errors made by agencies during search for Cochise County woman

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

New details in the tragic end to a missing person's case out of Cochise County. Mary Black, of Saint David, disappeared last month and was found a couple weeks later dead.

On Monday, Cochise County Sheriff's Office released new reports which outlined a timeline and several errors that went wrong during the search, according to Cochise County Sheriff's Spokesperson Carol Capas..

The Cochise County Sheriff comforted Mary Ann Black, Junior, Monday hours after the report was released.

Reporter Matt Mendes asked Black's daughter, "How does this make you feel?" "Very angry, very distraught," Black replied.

Mary Ann Black is upset it took the initial deputy several hours before entering her mom and the vehicle into the system as missing.

Cochise County Sheriff's say it's because they searched the area for her, following protocol. In the past, Black has gone missing and was found in the area a short time later.

Officials say Pinal county got a call of a reckless driver that same day before the license plate was entered into the system. When Cochise County got an alert the plate had been ran, they called Pinal County Sheriff's Office to ask about it. Pinal told them it wasn't the right vehicle, but according to Cappas, it was in fact Black's vehicle.

"You know that was pretty critical," said Mary Ann Black.

Then two days later, Border Patrol found the car abandoned in a remote area near the Pinal and Pima County line. Border Patrol claims the agent didn't get any hits that it was associated to a missing person but Cappas says the vehicle was in the system and Border Patrol had only checked for registration.

Six days later, a hunter found the vehicle and alerted Border Patrol again who discovered it was associated to a missing person. So, Pima County Search and Rescue searched the area but found nothing.

The following week, crews returned and found Black's body.

"We become very emotionally attached to these cases and very personalized to make sure we find these family members and when that doesn't happen it's a failure on law enforcement," Mark Dannels, Cochise County Sheriff, said.

Dannels says he is planning on proposing legislation that would implement the "Silver Alert" which is similar to an Amber Alert except for people like Black who suffered dementia.

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