Missing woman calls home after 3 months Family receives news by telephone from New Orleans

February 08, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 55-year-old Hampstead woman whose sudden disappearance has baffled police from Westminster to Niagara Falls, N.Y., for nearly three months has contacted her family from New Orleans.

Sara Virginia "Sue" Reed, 55, telephoned her family Tuesday night from Louisiana. Mrs. Reed had left her home her home in the 3500 block of Basler Road on Nov. 9.

In a note to her family, she said she was "going to the mall."

Mrs. Reed was seen that afternoon near the Westminster Rescue Mission at 57 E. Main St.

When she did not return home in the evening, her husband, David Reed, called state police.

"All I know is that my mother's alive and that's enough for me," said Chris Reed, 28.

"My father has gone to Louisiana to be with her. We believe it [the cause of her disappearance] may be something medical -- she called from a doctor's office -- but we're just not sure."

Mr. Reed said his father and mother want to spend some time together.

"I don't think they plan to come back until sometime next week," he said.

State police said yesterday that they were investigating the report but that they had not yet confirmed the woman's whereabouts.

Mr. Reed said he spoke with his mother only briefly Tuesday night.

"We didn't want to overwhelm her," he said. "We just wanted to make sure everything is OK."

After running down the leads gathered locally, investigators had broadcast Mrs. Reed's description and that of her car along the East Coast.

Police thought they had a break in the case Nov. 20 after police officers in New York found Mrs. Reed's 1987 faded, dark blue Chrysler New Yorker locked and abandoned in a parking lot along Niagara Falls Boulevard.

While that discovery failed to turn up clues about what had happened to the retired AT&T Corp. account representative, the fact that police found no evidence of foul play in her car gave her family hope. afforded a ray of hope for her family.

Investigators from the state police special operations support services unit in Pikesville took over the case.

However, the police had been stymied until Mrs. Reed called home.

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