A mother of three from Texas has disappeared after telling her husband she was going to get food – and her car was found hundreds of miles away in New Orleans with her belongings still inside.
Michelle Reynolds, 48, a teacher at Fairview Junior High in Alvin, near Houston, was reported missing by her husband on Thursday after driving away from home in their Lexus RX300, KHOU reported.
“She said she was going to get some food and she never came back,” Michael Reynolds told the broadcaster.
The husband said he tracked the luxury SUV in New Orleans – nearly 600 miles away – two days later using his geolocation device.
“We were able to unlock the car and found that her personal belongings were still in the vehicle, but she was not in the vehicle,” Michael told KHOU. “Your phone has not been used. Her phone was in the car. Your phone was charged but it was off.”
Meanwhile, surveillance video has emerged of the missing woman, who was discovered Friday, Fox 26 Houston reported.
“We were monitored how she actually parked her car on Saint Peters Street at 12:01 p.m. Friday afternoon, and then which way she was going,” Tim Miller of search and rescue group Texas EquuSearch told the news agency.
“Saint Peters Street is pretty close to the Mississippi,” he added.
The nonprofit group dispatched a helicopter to search for Reynolds on the banks of the Mississippi River, Miller said.
“In the beginning we were like, ‘Was she kidnapped by the car? Is anything else happening?’ Until we got this surveillance and yes, she parked at 12:01, got out of her car and started walking. So we now know that there was no foul play from point A to point B,” Miller told the outlet.
“Hopefully she’s confused and wandering around over there and someone will see her and we’ll bring her back safely. That’s certainly the goal,” he added.
According to KHOU, the mother’s children and students have not taken well to her disappearance.
“I’m going back to Houston now because I have three kids. My daughter is having a really tough time, as is my 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son,” Michael told the outlet.
“Please keep an eye out for Michelle. We love her and miss her very much. We’re doing everything we can to get her home safely,” he added.
In a statement, the Alvin School District said it was supportive of the family.
“We have been made aware that one of our employees, Michelle Reynolds, has not been heard from since Thursday afternoon. Alvin ISD has reached out to the Reynolds family and has supported the family through this difficult time,” he added.
The New Orleans Police Department told WAFB that it had no information on the investigation.
The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office said it had an active missing person case open and asked anyone with information to call 979-864-2392.
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