MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Cell phone records revealed a Colorado City woman who disappeared last week could be in the Midland-Odessa area, investigators said.
A regional Silver Alert was issued for Sue Noel, 79, after she attended a family reunion in Abilene on Sunday, September 20 and went missing while driving from her daughter's home to meet another relative nearby.
Investigators later discovered her phone connected to several cell towers in Central and West Texas - including at least one in Midland - before it went dead, according to Colorado City Police Sgt. Traven Berrie.
"The accuracy of that connection was within 400 meters of the tower and that tower was in Midland," he told NewsWest 9 in a phone interview. "She may be disoriented and confused, and [could be] driving with no destination until she sees something familiar."
Phone records also placed Noel in or near Stamford, Spur, Dickens, Roby, Paducah, Monahans, Kermit and Wink, according to Berrie.
The Colorado City resident has a cognitive impairment and poses a threat to herself, authorities said.
"The family fears... something else happened [to exacerbate her medical condition]," Berrie said. "We don't know if she suffered some sort of mild stroke... That might be why she's driving around in confusion and hasn't thought to call anyone... My belief is that she's probably close to either the Midland-Odessa or the Colorado City area."
The Colorado City Police Department received calls from people who claimed to see Noel at a Dairy Queen in Big Lake, a convenience store in Garden City and other locations in the Permian Basin.
According to Berrie, another caller reported seeing her vehicle on Interstate 49 in Louisiana.
The tips all lead to dead ends in the investigation, he said, and Noel remained missing Monday night.
"Her family said she only really left [her home] to go shopping," Berrie told NewsWest 9. "We're kind of hoping that's where she's going to be found: either a fast food restaurant or a Walmart parking lot."
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