Missing Woman Found, But Lost Again - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/16/06

Missing Woman Found, But Lost Again

Family members haven't seen their 76-year-old grandmother for more than 2 days.  June Duncan went missing Friday afternoon.  Family members tell us Duncan was headed to New Mexico to visit her daughter, but she never arrived.  Early Sunday morning, sheriff's deputies in Upton County found Duncan, but they had no choice, but to let her go.  Family members tells us deputies found Duncan in Rankin just east of McCamey.  The family told Duncan they would go pick her up, but Duncan refused to stay there.  Police directed Duncan to take Route 385 through Odessa to get home to Wolfforth, but Duncan never arrived home.  Now, for the second time, family members don't know where she is.

"We spent a lot of time yesterday (Saturday) afternoon driving around New Mexico, looking for her, and we never found her," said Duncan's son-in-law Mike Baack. 

The search for Duncan started around 7 p.m. Friday.  Duncan left for Carlsbad, New Mexico around 3:00 p.m.  that afternoon.  She was going to visit her daughter, but never arrived.  Saturday, family members filed a missing persons report, and then around 1:00 a.m. Sunday, they got the news they we're hoping for.  Sheriff's deputies in Upton County had found her near McCamey. 

"They actually put her on the phone with us, and she said she had been lost for two days," said Baack. 

Duncan told the family she had been in Pecos and Fort Stockton.  That's Almost 100 miles away from Carlsbad, more than 200 miles away from Lubbock. 

"We told her we're coming to get you," said Baack.  

Duncan refused and said she would drive herself back to Wolfforth. Police sent Duncan north on Route 385 through Odessa. Duncan's son-in-law says they tried to find her on that stretch of road. 

"We left here around 1:15 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.  this (Sunday) morning, and drove all the way to McCamey, and we never saw her," said Baack. 

Baack tells us Duncan is no stranger to traveling. She had been to Carlsbad before, and just days before she went missing, Duncan took a trip to Wichita Falls.

"She takes medication, but we don't know if she has it with her. She may be a little confused because she can't find her way home. We're just not sure," said Baack.  

He says that Duncan does not have a history of Alzheimer's or memory loss, but she recently had surgery that may have lead to her disoriented state.

Duncan is driving a 2006, maroon Chevy Impala with license plate number 990-FPT.  If you have seen June Duncan, please call the Lubbock County Sheriff's department at (806) 775-1600. Family members are offering a $500 award for information leading to the recovery of their grandmother.

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