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6/23/07-Rusk County

Hundreds of Volunteers Search For Missing East Texas Woman

The search continues Saturday for an East Texas woman suffering from Alzheimer's.  Shirley Hunt, 72 has now missing for five days.  Hunt's family is pleading for the publics help in finding their mother.  Hunt was last seen Tuesday, taking a walk along a county road near her home, just outside of Henderson.  Since then, hundreds of volunteers have been looking through miles of wooded brush along County Road 455. 

Search and Rescue volunteers plan out another acre of thick woods Saturday to send a crew on.  It's the fifth solid day of searching for Shirley Hunt. 

"She has Alzheimer's, and she's probably very disoriented, and she hasn't eaten," said Hunt's daughter Kim Vaughn.  "She had not eaten anything that day, and she just needs to be found."  Volunteers of Search and Rescue have combed through acres and acres of land since Tuesday, sometimes checking places twice, even three times, but they say they've seen no sign of the senior citizen.  Hundreds of people have searched a total of 25 square miles on foot, on 4-wheelers and even by airplane.   

"The community, everybody has just gone above and beyond what we as a family could have hoped," says Vaughn.  Rusk County authorities say they've exhausted every available resource and are now asking you to keep your eyes open.  

"If you have any information, contact the Rusk County Sheriff's Office immediately," says Crime Prevention Officer Brian Bathke.  The family says they think she may have gotten into a car with someone, asking for a ride to either Henderson or Amarillo, where one of her daughters lives.  

"We just feel certain she's no longer in this area, she has to be outside of our area or this community would have found her by now," said Vaughn.  But that isn't stopping these volunteers.

"Till she's found, we'll be here," says Henderson Search and Rescue Unit Chief Larry Thomas.

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