Authorities search for missing woman

Published 5:04 pm Thursday, September 11, 2008

A local woman went missing at approximately 5p.m. on Wednesday.

Virginia Colee, 85, was last seen at Wal-Mart after ordering two prescriptions. She did not return to pick them up.

Colee is 5-foot-2, weighs 180 pounds and has white hair. She drives a 1990 red Oldsmobile Delta 88. She has a handicap tag, and the plate number is J12G5.

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According to Chief Randy Pugh of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept., Colee has been entered into the nationwide computer database as a missing person.

According to Vicky Pickering, wife of Colee’s nephew “Dunk” Pickering, saw Dr. Raymond Brignac at Vaughan Regional Medical Center. He wanted Colee to stay in the hospital because she “seemed confused.”

Colee refused to stay, and left for Pickering’s home. Dunk and Vicky took her in shortly after her roommate passed away.

Colee said that she was going to go to Valley Grande Pharmacy, but she never showed up. Between her planned trip and the pharmacy, she told Pickering she was going to visit her cousin Eugene Clark in Maplesville. Clark never saw her.

“She often goes there for a week at a time,” said Pickering. “She doesn’t have too many living relatives left.”

According to Pickering, Colee had blood clots on her brain drained in March. In June she was given a clean bill of health.

Anyone with information regarding Colee can contact the sheriff’s office at 874-2530 or 874-2578.