Authorities ‘exhaust’ resources in search

Published 7:40 pm Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The search for Virginia Colee, 85, continues after two weeks.

The Selma resident was last seen Sept. 10 leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot. Security tapes from Wal-Mart ruled out foul play at the store, but gave authorities little to go on about where Colee went after she left the store.

“All of her monetary accounts — savings, checking, any of that stuff at the bank — has been flagged,” Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said. “If there’s any credit card activity, we’ll know about it.”

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Huffman said the department has also flagged her healthcare provider and sent a flier out to the Alabama Sheriff’s Association in Montgomery, which will e-mail it to sheriff’s and police departments throughout the state.

“We’ve had volunteers riding the roads, stopping looking under bridges, looking down in ravines probably within 40 miles of Selma,” Huffman said. “I’m hoping that somebody will see something or that she’ll be located somewhere. We’ve exhausted everything that we can do.”

Security tapes from Wal-Mart showed Colee traveling toward the bypass the night she went missing.

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

Anyone with information or who would like to volunteer to search for Colee can contact the sheriff’s office at 874-2530 or 874-2578.