Missing woman's car found in N.Y. Niagara Falls police, FBI take over case

family keeps vigil

November 23, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

FBI and Niagara Falls, N.Y., police are searching for a 54-year-old Hampstead woman whose faded, dark blue Chrysler New Yorker was found locked and abandoned in a parking lot on Niagara Falls Boulevard Monday, state police in Westminster said yesterday.

Sara Virginia Reed of the 3500 block of Basler Road disappeared Nov. 9 after leaving a note for her family that she was going shopping.

"We have had many reports of sightings and followed up each one, but nothing has turned up," Tfc. William Corun of the state police barracks in Westminster said.

Niagara Falls "detectives and the FBI have taken over since Mrs. Reed's car was found and have gotten a few tips, but nothing significant so far," the trooper said.

Meanwhile, David Reed, the missing woman's husband, was keeping a hopeful Thanksgiving Eve vigil at home with his daughter Tammy, 31, and son Chris, 28.

Chris Reed said last week that his mother was eagerly anticipating the family's being home for a traditional jTC Thanksgiving Day dinner.

"We're doing the best we can," Chris Reed said yesterday.

Waiting for news of his mother has been a series of ups and downs, he said, adding, "We had hoped to find out something more, especially since the car was found.

"I hope nobody ever has to go through this."

Trooper Corun said Cpl. Mitchell Dinterman and Tfc. Jason Merson of the Westminster barracks were expected to return yesterday from Niagara Falls, where they went to inspect the missing woman's car.

"We feel good about finding the car, but there was nothing remarkable about it," Trooper Corun said.

"Everything appeared normal. There were no signs of foul play, and nothing unusual was found to give us any clues," he added.

Trooper Corun said some evidence was collected from the car and would be processed but that it was not expected to provide any new leads.

He did not elaborate on what evidence was found.

Attempts to contact Capt. Gordon Warne of the Niagara Falls Police Department were unsuccessful.

Captain Warne is the only member of the department permitted to discuss the case, a spokesman for the Niagara Falls police said.

Anyone with information about the missing woman should call the state police at (410) 848-3111 or (410) 876-2101, Trooper Corun said.

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