Search for McCullough continues - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/4/09

Search for McCullough continues

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 LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Saturday, the search for 64-year-old Judy McCullough continued.

Law enforcement, friends, and family all gathered in Andrews to host their second search for the missing Denver City woman. She disappeared about two weeks ago when driving from Hobbs, NM, to Denver City.

As the days pass, her search party grows, burdened by the fear that she might not be found.

"We're just guessing at this point," McCullough's daughter, Keri Fenton, said.

"That's why I'm so concerned," family friend Valincia Criswell said, "Because it's been so long.

The search for McCullough turned south as law enforcement, friends, and family tried yet again to find their lost mother and friend.

"We're going to cover the southern portion of Gaines County and the northern portion of Andrews County," Denver City Police Department, Lt. Charles Higgs said.

 Volunteers met in Andrews with a similar plan to Wednesday's search.

"Just to find someone that has seen her or spotted the car," Criswell said, "or maybe even find the car or find her."

Fenton said her mother's "lousy" sense of direction has kept them guessing her whereabouts.

"In my mind," she said, "I can't figure out why she would not be seen unless she was in a very fairly rural area or some place that somebody wouldn't be traveling on."

Two weeks and two searches later, Fenton says she is beginning to run out of options.

"It's just a roller coaster," Fenton said. "The first probably four or five days, we were pretty sure she'd turn up at somebody's house or, you know, that she would just have decided to go visit an old cousin or something like that."

She said at this point, the only thing left is hope.    

"The further it gets down the road," Fenton said, " the more, the harder it gets to think that, and so it's just a rollercoaster."

McCullough was last seen driving a cream 2005 Chrysler 300 with Texas license plates Z61 JZD.

 If you any information on where she is, call Denver City Police at 806-592-3516.

McCullough's family has now set up a $5,000 reward fund at West Texas National Bank in Denver City for anyone who has information related to her or her vehicle's location.

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