UPDATE: Missing Rutherford County woman found, is safe
UPDATE: The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department says that Patricia Lynn Murray has been located, and is safe.
A Rutherford County woman has been missing for nearly a week. The last time Patricia Murray’s family saw her was Sept. 29 on Seitz Drive in Forest City. They say the 47-year-old was wearing red pants and a black shirt.
Her son, Galen Briggs, filed a missing person report Monday, Oct. 2.
“She’s been gone too long, and I started getting scared and got nervous about it,” said Briggs. “She hasn’t been returning any of our telephone calls, texts.”
According to an advisory sent out by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Patricia Murray is a black female with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 300 pounds.
Briggs and his sister, Jennifer Murray, were posting missing signs throughout Rutherford County on Thursday. They were also asking drivers if they have seen their mother.
“She’s always getting on us to contact her about not answering our phones,” said Briggs. “She’s very concerned about us all the time. It’s not like her.”
“She’s a single mom of nine, and five of us are still in her home,” said Jennifer Murray. “Three of us, including myself, are pregnant, and she stays on us.”
Briggs and Murray said their mom is very organized and would have packed toiletries if she were leaving. They said the only clothes she has is what she was wearing. She also would have taken her asthma medication and oxygen tanks.
“The one in her room is still there running. The one she carries on her shoulder is still in the corner in her room. She doesn’t have that. She doesn’t have her asthma pump,” Jennifer Murray said.
Deputies have been searching for Murray throughout the county, as has her family. Her relatives plan to expand their search to Catawba County.
“The phone is cut off completely. The voicemail is full. She hasn’t checked them, no calls, no one has seen her no whereabouts or anything,” Jennifer Murray said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Adrienne Wallace with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office at 828-286-2911.