LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of a missing Dimmitt woman searches for answers after they say authorities found her body late Monday afternoon.
It's been exactly two weeks since 72-year-old Jonette Hamilton Woods was first reported missing. Her family says authorities first found Woods' car, and then her body nearby in Northeastern New Mexico.
According to the family it's a tragic ending to this two week search for Jo Woods. Her grandson, Clint Robison, says he doesn't know why she left, but that she was gone too long, too long for there to be good news. "We've waited for two weeks without any idea or clue," says Robison. On September 7th, he says his grandmother drove away from her Dimmitt home. She was reported missing by her husband and authorities immediately issued a silver alert. "We all figured the car was the main clue to finding her," says Robison.
When Robison received the first phone call Monday that a rancher outside of Raton found her 1996 Mercury Cougar he held out hope. He says the rancher found the empty car stuck in the mud and the keys were on the ground 15 feet away. "We knew she had been gone too long without her medication and oxygen. We knew it wasn't going to be good news when they did find her," says Robison.
Three hours later, his phone rang again and it wasn't good news. "They did find a body not far from the car that was wearing basically the clothes that she was reported missing in," Robison sadly says.
Robison says authorities were not able to confirm that the body they found was in fact his grandmother but that they believe it probably was his grandmother. Her grandson says even though Monday's news was not what his family wanted to hear it did bring closure he says they all needed. "We needed to know where she was and to be able to quit wondering because that's all we've been able to do is wonder," said Robison.
The family says there are many questions they hope the investigation answers. The Colfax County Sheriff's Office could not confirm that the body they discovered was Jo Woods'. They did say they had a deputy on the scene Monday afternoon and that it was a pending investigation.
Robison says the authorities plan on ordering a full autopsy. We'll continue to follow the latest developments out of New Mexico.
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