Searchers come up empty Wednesday in hunt for missing woman

86-year-old Elizabeth Ferguson has been missing since May.
86-year-old Elizabeth Ferguson has been missing since May.
Ferguson's car was found in a remote area of Memphis late Tuesday morning.
Ferguson's car was found in a remote area of Memphis late Tuesday morning.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The fliers have been circulating around town since May. Once thought to be long cold, the trail is heating up in the search for a missing Mid-South woman, 86-year-old Elizabeth Ferguson.

Police spent a long, ugly, rain-soaked Wednesday searching down a gravel road in the middle of nowhere.

Ferguson went missing six months ago, with no sign of her - or her car - until her 1993 Mercury Sable turned up Tuesday in a desolate part of South Memphis called Ensley Bottoms.

Ferguson was last seen leaving her home in the car last May, on her way to a routine doctor's appointment.  She never showed up.

The area where her car was found Tuesday starts where Riverport Road ends, with a gravel road burrowing deeper inside.  About a half mile down the trail, police came to the spot where the Sable was parked.

Wednesday, investigators continued to try to figure out how long the car was there, and how it got there.

Police hit the ground rolling Wednesday, charging ATV's straight ahead with resolve, but without answers.  After an unsuccessful afternoon of searching, officials vowed to begin looking again Thursday morning.

According to family members, Ferguson was suffering from the early stages of dementia. Now, police must figure out if she get lost and wandered into Ensley Bottoms, or if someone hurt her and ditched her car there.

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