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9/18/09

Friends and family rally to find missing elderly Dimmitt woman

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A missing Castro County woman is now on the Texas Missing Persons Clearing House. No one has seen or heard from 72-year-old Jonette Hamilton Woods in nearly two weeks. She disappeared from Dimmitt on September 7th.

There isn't much crime in the small community of Dimmitt, but the quiet town has been on edge for the past two weeks as they search for Jo Woods. "She has many, many friends. Everybody in this town likes her thinks a lot of her and we want her back in Dimmitt," said Peggy Broadstreet.

Broadstreet is a longtime friend of Woods and began a search committee, putting out fliers. "We're very upset, we're all worried. You know, at this point we feel something terrible has happened to her but we're hoping it hasn't and that she is just lost," she says.

Police believe Woods drove off in her 1996 white Mercury Cougar with the license plate 641-CYS. "I know the most important thing is to try to locate her and the vehicle. That's going to be the key factor in this case," said Dimmitt Police Chief Ray Alamen.

Now family and friends have joined the statewide search for Woods. "Nothing has turned up. It's like her car just disappeared off the face of the earth, and that's what bothers everyone, is that there's no trace of her," said Woods' grandson Clint Robison of Lubbock.

Robison says this is very unlike her to just up and leave. "We feel like she was in a disoriented state but it's not like her to just disappear without telling anyone where she went," he said.

Search efforts continue to look for Jo Woods, with volunteers scouring the region. She was last seen at her home in Dimmitt wearing a robe. Police also say she has no identification, money, and left without her medication and oxygen.

Woods is described as 5'6", 140 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to call Castro County Sheriff at 806-647-3311.

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