Family baffled as woman, 54, vanishes on shopping trip Hampstead resident missing for 5 days

November 14, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

The family of a 54-year-old Hampstead woman who didn't return home from shopping in Westminster five days ago say they are baffled by her disappearance.

Sara Virginia Reed, known as Sue, lives in the 3500 block of Basler Road. She left a note for her family saying that she was "going to the mall."

Mrs. Reed was last seen Thursday near the Westminster Rescue Mission at 57 E. Main St., Trooper 1st Class William Corun, a state police investigator at the Westminster barracks, said yesterday.

"We have broadcast a description of [Mrs. Reed] and her car throughout the East Coast and are tracking down every lead we have, but we don't have much to go on yet," Trooper Corun said.

Chris Reed, the missing woman's son, said yesterday that his mother was upbeat last week, looking forward to seeing her daughter and only grandchild, who planned to come home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"I saw my mother at 11:30 a.m. and must have just missed her [leaving for the mall], when I got back home about 2:45 p.m. and found the note," Mr. Reed said.

Police said David Reed, the woman's husband, became worried Thursday evening when his wife did not return home. After the family searched and failed to find her, they reported her missing to state police early Friday.

Chris Reed said family members learned that Mrs. Reed had gone to the mission to donate old clothing Thursday.

Mr. Reed said family members told police that Mrs. Reed had visited the mission soon after 3 p.m. and was last seen walking toward her car in the Westminster municipal parking lot behind the mission.

Mrs. Reed was an account representative for AT&T Corp. before retiring recently.

"It's very frustrating not knowing what happened to her," Mr. Reed said. "She didn't have much money with her, and her checkbook is here," he said.

Mrs. Reed is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 130. She has shoulder-length brown hair and was driving a faded, dark blue 1097 Chrysler New Yorker with Maryland license tag SVM 556.

Anyone with information about Mrs. Reed or her car should call the state police barracks at (410) 848-3111 or (410) 876-2101, Trooper Corun said.

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