NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The family of an 83-year-old southeast Missouri woman missing since late August is offering a $25,000 reward in hopes of her safe return.
The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports the reward was announced Monday following another intensive search for Barbara Stoffer, of New Madrid.
Stoffer was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 20. She drove a green 1993 Volvo, and friends said she visited the nearby Mississippi River daily.
Assistant New Madrid Police Chief Joey Higgerson says the reward is being offered for Stoffer's return or for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance.
Dozens of volunteers joined law enforcement officers from Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois in a renewed search Saturday. An earlier search included dive teams from the Missouri Highway Patrol.
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The search continues for an 83-year-old southeast Missouri woman missing since last week.
Eighty-three-year-old Barbara Stoffer of New Madrid (MAH-drid) was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 20. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 120 pounds with gray hair. Stoffer drives a green 1993 Volvo with Missouri license plate number 073RYW.
KFVS-TV reports that hundreds of people gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil for Stoffer. City police and the county sheriff continue to search for her.
Friends say Stoffer visited the nearby Mississippi River daily. The search includes river dive teams from the state Highway Patrol.
Police say they have identified the woman suspected of scamming an elderly woman outside of a Walmart.
Tracy Jennings is expected to be charged for stealing the woman's wallet. Jennings allegedly told the victim that she worked for the Walmart and while helping her load groceries in the car, she stole her wallet. The wallet contained several hundred dollars.
Jennings is held on a $25,000 bond.