Search resumes for missing woman - South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Search resumes for missing woman

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Authorities Thursday resumed their search for a 72-year-old Port Neches woman after a 10-hour day Wednesday.

The family of the woman, who has been missing since Monday morning, has asked that police not release her name.

Port Arthur police say their dogs tracked the woman's scent to the edge of the Neches River.

Port Neches Police Chief Lamoine says the department is working hard to find the woman for the sake of her family.  He says Thursday searchers will have to change their approach to bring an end to this ordeal for the victim's loved ones.

Search boats scoured the Neches River Wednesday with rescuers hoping to find the missing woman.

By 6 p.m. Wednesday. the first search boat from Orange County packed up and called it a day.

"The agencies outside of our jurisdiction, they're putting in as much effort as anybody out here. Just like it happened in their own town," Chief Lamoine said.

Lamoine says the effort has to take a turn Thursday when they continue the search.  He says they will deploy the Video Ray, an underwater robot camera that can send video back to police in real time.

Authorities say they are borrowing the device from the Port of Beaumont.

Authorities used the camera for a short time Wednesday, but mostly relied on a different sonar system borrowed from Orange County.

The family did not want to speak with 12 News HD but tell police they're devastated and just want closure.  Lamoine says this is pushing crews to get the job done.

"They're doing pretty good, they're real strong about it. You want to do whatever you can to give them that closure." Chief Lamoine said.

Along with the Video Ray, Jefferson County will use a helicopter in the search around noon Thursday.

Lamoine says they will continue the search efforts through the weekend but hopes that won't be necessary


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