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."

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