Community comes together to search for 81-year-old woman

A community is joining forces in the search for a missing 81-year-old woman. Maxine Jones has been missing since early Sunday when her family thought she left home for church.

Cars filled the road outside of Jones’ home on Monday, and family waited outside hoping.

"We’re concerned, but we’re still optimistic. And we have a lot of good people going to bat for us," said Jones’ oldest son, Tim Thurmond.

Thurmond says Jones was last seen about 9:30 Sunday morning at her home on Charley Miller Road.

"She was in great spirits. She was studying Sunday school class with her daughter in law," he said. 

Family members say they thought she was headed for Brooks Chapel in Dexter, about 10 minutes away, but when they called the church no one there had seen here at Sunday’s service.

Thurmond says he knows she at least started the route she uses to get to church. A business next to her home caught surveillance video of her car driving past it, right around the time she left for church. 

Since then, nothing.

"That’s the last time we have seen her," Thurmond said.

"Family says she has been diagnosed with dementia, so we’re considering she might have missed a turn and kept on going," said Bill Call, Director of Calloway County’s Office of Emergency Management. 

Call says the county sent bulletins to surrounding counties and states. Deputies also spent Sunday searching side roads in case she crashed her car. 

"A lot of prayer, a lot of prayer," Thurmond said. 

The family says even though she’s diagnosed with dementia, she’s never shown any major signs. Thurmond says he doesn’t think her dementia caused her disappearance, but law enforcement is considering it a possibility.

She’s about 5 feet 3 inches inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. She was driving a blue 2002 Ford Escape with license plate KY-003CXX. If you have seen Jones, call the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office at 270-753-3151 or 911.

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