Crews wrapped up their massive search for 73-year-old Virginia Edmonds Saturday evening. It will continue Sunday. The Lunenburg County woman went missing more than two months ago.
Saturday's search comes almost a week after hunters found her car near a home she used to baby sit at years ago.
Search and rescue crews from all over the region have boots and K-9's on the ground. This hits close to home for Margie Nevins. Her family used to live on egg road years ago. She says Edmonds' babysat her children and would drive them to a spring at the end of this road to play.
That's exactly where her car was found a week ago. Family says Edmonds was showing signs of dementia.
"The only thing you can think about is - if she was thinking years ago that maybe she had to go down to the spring to check on the kids when they were swimming in the water," said Nevins. "You know it's hard to imagine why."
As soon as Nevins heard the news, she called the sheriff's office to share her connection. Crews have since searched the creek and river nearby.
"This has been pretty taxing on, I'm sure, the family and everybody involved," said Sheriff Arthur Townsend Jr.
Especially knowing the dense woods, hilly terrain and wildlife where people have spotted, bobcats, coyotes, bears and a lot of snakes.
The sheriff's office says crews are searching a two mile radius from the very spot Edmonds' car was discovered.
State Police and search and rescue teams canvassed hundreds of acres of thick woods all day. Sheriff Townsend says a balloon and ribbon close to her car are the only clues so far.
"I'm praying for her and her family," said a friend from church Margaret Pilson. "I was hoping when we found the car, I was hoping we'd find her also. That didn't happen but we're still praying."
Everyone is praying these boots on the ground will bring some strong leads.
"I certainly hope some type of closure," Nevins noted. "We need to find her no matter what - we need some type of closure."
Crews will be back out early Sunday. The Sheriff's Department says if searchers don't find Edmonds this weekend, they may consider suspending the search - not the investigation.
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