Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:30 pm | Updated: 9:58 pm, Tue Aug 14, 2012.
The case of a missing Lathrop, Mo., woman is gaining national attention.
Carol Jo Thompson’s family recently registered to have the CUE Center for Missing Persons help investigate her case. Her photo and information have also been added to its website.
The 50-year-old woman has been missing since June 15 from her home in rural Lathrop, Mo.
Monica Caison, founder of the CUE Center, said her organization provides free resources to families of the missing, as well as to law enforcement officers who are investigating their cases.
Currently, Ms. Caison is reviewing Ms. Thompson’s case and creating a detailed search plan that will be carried out by local law enforcement and professional searchers. She said they will determine what areas should be searched and what locations may need another look.
“We have a lot of good teams in that area that work on these cases,” Ms. Caison said. “ … Missing persons is all we do, so we just have a different look and insight on how we deal with cases.”
She said the CUE Center will provide whatever resources are needed for the search, which she hopes will happen in the next week or two. That could include ground searchers as well as cadaver dogs, horse teams or ATVs.
“We’ll have to see,” she said. “Every case is different.”
Ms. Thompson is considered an endangered missing person by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. She disappeared sometime between 2 and 6 a.m. from her boyfriend’s home on Missouri Highway 116, near the Clinton-Caldwell County line. She left the home on foot, leaving behind most of her belongings, including her purse, cell phone and medication.
In a previous interview, friends of Ms. Thompson’s said she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was also suffering from heart problems. They believe she might have been picked up by a passer-by.
Ms. Thompson is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has dark blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a Lathrop Mules T-shirt and dark pajama bottoms, possibly with a Halloween print.
A $1,500 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to Ms. Thompson’s whereabouts. Calls can be made to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at (816) 586-2681 and tips can be submitted on the CUE Center’s website, www.ncmissingpersons.org/carol-thompson.
The website also has a printable poster of Ms. Thompson that it is encouraging people to distribute.
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