Frustrating day in search for missing Mid-South woman

Elizabeth Ferguson (courtesy family members)
Elizabeth Ferguson (courtesy family members)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The search continued Thursday for an elderly woman - missing for six months - whose car was found late Tuesday morning.

Investigators said it was a discouraging day in Ensley Bottoms, a remote area near President's Island where 86-year-old Elizabeth Ferguson's car was found Tuesday.

Ferguson was last seen leaving her home in the car for a doctor's appointment in early May.  Officials believe Ferguson drove herself into the remote wooded area, parked her car on a narrow path, and wandered away.

Thursday, searchers with law enforcement agencies from across the Mid-South aided with the hunt, included a volunteer mounted patrol unit and two search dogs.  The group spent the day in the woods, searching the area surrounding the spot where the car was found.

While the search turned up nothing, family members like Ferguson's grandson, Colin Feeney, said they were grateful for the searchers' efforts.

"They've been out since early this morning," Feeney said.  "They worked the horses today to the point of exhaustion.  Dogs, to exhaustion.  They've been out all day long - out 'til after dark last night, getting out there. It's amazing that people care so much."

Memphis police said they would not search for Ferguson Friday, but would return one day this weekend after the area dries some.  However, a group of volunteers discussed the possibility of continuing the search Friday on their own.

Stay with Action News 5 and for updates on the search.

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