Family of missing 85-year-old woman ‘very confident’ she’ll be found

Deputies specializing in tracking continue search on Day 3

Family of missing 85-year-old woman ‘very confident’ she’ll be found

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The family of an 85-year-old woman who disappeared three days ago said they’re still holding on to hope.

Pandora Duckett, who has Alzheimer's, was last seen near her Raleigh home on Monday.

Crews have searched for her over the past few days.

After more than 30 hours of searching, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office suspended the search for Pandora at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

However, deputies have not stopped working to locate Pandora.

Pandora Duckett (Source: SCSO)
Pandora Duckett (Source: SCSO)

More than a dozen Shelby County Sheriff's deputies were out Wednesday continuing the search.

They specialize in tracking and grid searching, which means they're going through areas paying close attention to details that may lead them to Pandora Duckett.

Her family is still hopeful their mother and grandmother will be found.

“They did a phenomenal job,” said Pandora’s son Kim Duckett. “This is one of the bigger responses I’ve seen.”

Kim said he’s been reaching out to neighbors, hoping someone saw something.

"We're just feeling very fine, very confident that she'll turn up,” Kim said.

His mother was last seen walking away from her home on Rosswood Drive. She was wearing a gray jacket and gray pants.

"Maybe they have actual footage of her walking north on Bolen Hues,” Kim said.

Surveillance video also showed Pandora at a Valero station on New Allen Road Monday.

Deputies said a woman spotted her and offered her a ride to the gas station then offered to take her home.

Specially-trained deputies now searching for Pandora Duckett

Exposure to both frigid temperatures and the public are two of the MAIN concerns that SCSO is tackling when it comes to exhausting all options to track her down.

"As it evolves and this thing unfolds, our hearts and our prayers are going out to that family right now,” said Brent Perkins from Shelby County Fire Department. “It is a very, very dangerous environment to be in."

Shelby County Fire did not assist in the search, but Perkins said the department was ready to help if asked.

Perkins said the weather conditions are troubling and can cause issues especially for older adults.

"These conditions can make something like a heart attack condition come on sooner or kidney problems,” Perkins said.

The sheriff’s office issued a missing person advisory on Monday, but no Silver Alert was ever issued.

A spokesperson with the sheriff’s office said a Silver Alert is typically used in more rural areas and also used if the person is believed to be abducted or traveling throughout the state in a car.

The sheriff’s office had every reason to believe Pandora Duckett was in the immediate area -crews searched by air, ground, using ATVs and canines.

The sheriff’s office was also pleased with the amount of attention this case has gotten from the media to reach the public.

They urge anyone with information to call 911.

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