Website hopes to solicit new leads in case of missing woman - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Website hopes to solicit new leads in case of missing woman

Norma Massa was reported missing on December 13, 2004, from the Tunica, Mississippi area. Norma Massa was reported missing on December 13, 2004, from the Tunica, Mississippi area.

For Memphian Laura LaScola, surveillance video from a Tunica casino is a painful reminder of how long it's been since her mother, Norma Massa, disappeared.

"I am just hopeful that we can get our first lead and find out where she is," she said.
  
LaScola said she hopes some new leads will come from the national missing persons program called "Come Home."

For the next several weeks the program will feature Norma Massa on a national web site that sends pictures of Massa to homeless shelters around the country.

"We printed out a PDF of that and posted it around our building, in case one of our clients or staff members sees this person, or in case they are staying with them," said Steve Carpenter at Union Mission in Memphis.

Union Mission officials said a premise of the program is individuals can sometimes get disoriented and forget where they are from. Such a person may end up in a homeless shelter.

"I hope someone is caring for her in a shelter, or some kind of home," Carpenter said. "Of course, that's my greatest hope."

LaScola is baffled that few clues about her mother's disappearance have turned up.  She thinks her mother's medical conditions could have affected her awareness of who she is and where she lives.

"Maybe she's had a stroke or something, and I know she didn't have her blood pressure medicine, so that's a possibility," she said.

LaScola says she won't rest until the mystery of what happened to her mother is solved.

Family members have raised the reward for information about Massa's whereabouts to $50,000.

Powered by Frankly