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Lubbock police found trail of blood in missing woman's home

Linda Gail Wilhite (Source: Lubbock Police Department) Linda Gail Wilhite (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

KCBD has obtained a copy of a search warrant, which reveals new details about officers found when they searched the home of a missing and endangered Lubbock woman.

According to this warrant, on August 18, 2016, Lubbock Police Dispatch received a phone call from one of Linda Gail Wilhite's relatives requesting a welfare check because she had not been able to reach Wilhite since Saturday, August 13.

The relative told police she had stopped by Wilhite's Lubbock home, but no one answered, and she was not answering calls or text messages.

The relative told police Wilhite suffered from several medical problems and was worried about her.

According to court documents, the Lubbock Fire Department helped police get into Wilhite's home where an officer began searching room by room.

The officer reportedly found a light switch near a closet with a bloody fingerprint on it.

The officer said the closet door was closed, with blood on the door. 

He also saw a faint bloody trail leading inside the closet.

When he opened the door, he found what appeared to be human blood on the carpet and on blankets and a pillow. 

He also found towels under the blanket with dried blood on them. 

The amount of blood in the closet led the officer to believe someone had been severely injured. 

He also found what appeared to be blood in other parts of the home. 

Police began processing the home for evidence, but could not find Wilhite's cell phone. 

Officers are hoping those cell phone records will help in their investigation.

According to the search warrant issued August 25th, 2016, the department wants the cell phone provider to release all subscriber information, call detail records, with cellular site information, incoming and outgoing calls and text messages and multi-media messages, SMS and MMS content, for Wilhite's number from July 18 to the present.

The cell phone provider has about two weeks to gather those records.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

Police released the following statement on Aug. 26:

Due to the circumstances surrounding the case, we believe that Ms. Wilhite may have sustained a serious injury.

Additionally, the lack of cooperation by certain family members at this point of the investigation has resulted in the need for community assistance.

Two thousand dollars ($2,000) of Crime Line money has been approved for information that leads to the recovery of Ms. Wilhite

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