Friend of missing Panola Co. woman: ‘Her babies need her'

32-year-old mother missing since making 911 call on Thursday
Lauren Thompson's family and friends continue to search and pray for her safe return.
Lauren Thompson's family and friends continue to search and pray for her safe return.
Published: Jan. 15, 2019 at 11:09 PM CST
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PANOLA COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - “Sweet, caring, and hardworking," are the words that come to mind when Ruth McGaguhey thinks of her friend, Lauren Thompson. The two went to church together at the Faith Assembly of God in Carthage.

“We’re just praying for her,” McGaguhey said. “Everybody is worried about her.”

Sheriff’s officials say Thompson, 32, made a call to 911 last Thursday saying she was in a wooded area and thought someone was chasing her. They say she appeared to be disoriented and confused. Deputies were able to use cell phone tower pings to determine the call came from an area along Farm-to-Market Road 1794, just west of the Rock Hill community. Thompson’s vehicle was found stuck in a ditch.

“I just couldn’t understand what was going on,” McGaguhey said. “I’m just hoping she’s found.”

McGaguhey says she just talked with Lauren a couple of days before she was last seen. She says Thompson is a mother of three.

“We want her home,” McGaguhey said. “Her babies need her. Her parents need her. Her family needs her.”

According to the sheriff’s office, search crews from DPS, Texas Rangers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Forest Service, and the sheriff’s office have conducted extensive ground searches. The Texas DPS aviation division also conducted a search over the weekend.

A community prayer vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Footprints in the Sand Monument in Carthage at the intersection of the loop and Dixie Lake Road.

A vigil is also planned in Palestine on Wednesday at Reagan Park. It will be held at 6:30 p.m.

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