Glencoe Police still searching for missing Florida woman

Updated: May. 20, 2019 at 4:48 PM CDT
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GLENCOE, Ala. (WBRC) - After two and a half months, Glencoe Police aren’t any close to finding a missing elderly woman from Florida.

There’s been no sign of 84-year-old Virginia Collier or the 2019 Kia Optima she drove from her home in Florida. Her Optima had a Florida tag 1175 MQ.

She was visiting family in Etowah County, staying with a relative in Southside, and had left one brother’s home in Glencoe to drive to another brother’s home at Lookout Mountain in Gadsden.

Glencoe Police Chief Alan Kelly says his department continues to get tips, including one from Minnesota that didn't pan out.

“We’ve checked on several tips, several potential leads, that ended up not being her,” Kelly said. “We’re still looking at it as a fresh case, you know, fresh today as it was the day we got the report.”

Kelly says someone hacked a bank account Mrs. Collier shared with her daughter, but investigators determined it wasn't related to her disappearance. Whoever hacked the account--and they've worked it as a separate criminal case---apparently stole the daughter's information, not Mrs. Collier's.

The FBI, ALEA, and the new MAC center at the Oxford Police Department are among the many other agencies assisting in the search.

Kelly says Glencoe Police have heard from numerous people in surrounding states, but would prefer they contact their own agencies so those agencies can check out those tips, review surveillance video, and other things they can do in person that he and his investigators cannot.

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