Ferguson search appears to be over - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Ferguson search appears to be over

The search for a missing Memphis grandmother appears to be over.

Investigators are now examining human remains found near a car belonging to Elizabeth Ferguson, the 86-year-old woman who's been missing since May.

On Saturday morning, a four-wheel ground search of the area by deputies led to the discovery of the remains and what appears to be a woman's shoe and clothing about 200 yards from where the car was found Tuesday, in a remote, wooded area of Southwest Memphis.

The Shelby County Medical Examiner's team collected and transported the remains to the forensic lab for further examination and identification.

"Everybody's got a mom and this has touched a lot of people," said daughter Cheryl Ferguson Feeney.

Feeney flew in from her home in Seattle to head up the search for Ferguson and the vehicle she was last seen driving when she left her Berclair home to drive to a doctor's appointment last May.

Feeney says dozens of people participated in the search for her mother. 

"The sheriff's department, the police department, just regular citizens...I've had homeless people help look for my mom's car."

Ferguson suffered from high blood pressure and was in the early stages of dementia.

Investigators say they don't suspect foul play. They believe Ferguson drove herself down the dirt road. Her car got stuck in the mud and she tried to walk to safety, but ended up lost in the woods.

Fighting back tears, Feeney said she's awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner on the bones found.

"Of course this isn't the outcome we had hoped for. And there is still...I will never know what happened to her exactly. But I know what did not happen to her, and I'm grateful for that."


Click here to e-mail Ben Watson.
 

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Man shot, killed in Raleigh

    Man shot, killed in Raleigh

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:04:11 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead. 

    More >>

    Memphis Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead. 

    More >>
  • 9-year-old dies after driver falls asleep behind the wheel

    9-year-old dies after driver falls asleep behind the wheel

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:15 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:15:30 GMT
    (WMC Action News 5)(WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a deadly crash that happened early Sunday morning.  Police were called to the scene on Spottswood Avenue and Goodwyn Street where a car hit a tree.  Three children were injured in the crash and taken to Lebonheur Children's Hospital. Two of the children are in non-critical condition. Nine-year-old Jaliya Lewis died from her injuries. Police say the children were unrestrained in the back seat of the vehicle and were thrown to the ...

    More >>

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a deadly crash that happened early Sunday morning.  Police were called to the scene on Spottswood Avenue and Goodwyn Street where a car hit a tree.  Three children were injured in the crash and taken to Lebonheur Children's Hospital. Two of the children are in non-critical condition. Nine-year-old Jaliya Lewis died from her injuries. Police say the children were unrestrained in the back seat of the vehicle and were thrown to the ...

    More >>
  • Woman shot at Memphis strip club

    Woman shot at Memphis strip club

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:10 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:10:33 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)(Source: WMC Action News 5 archives)

    Memphis Police Department is investigating after a woman was shot outside a strip club Sunday morning.  The shooting happened at V Live Memphis around 3:45 a.m. Police say a fight broke out in the parking lot prior to the shooting.  The female victim is in non-critical condition. No suspect information is available.  Copyright 2018 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Memphis Police Department is investigating after a woman was shot outside a strip club Sunday morning.  The shooting happened at V Live Memphis around 3:45 a.m. Police say a fight broke out in the parking lot prior to the shooting.  The female victim is in non-critical condition. No suspect information is available.  Copyright 2018 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly