Update from the family:
January 12, 2019 – From the Panola County Sheriff’s Office:
“Many are asking for updates. We’ve had search crews from DPS, Texas Rangers, Texas Game Wardens, Texas Forest Service, Constables office, and the Sheriff’s office on the ground again all day today. We also had air searches via Texas DPS aviation division from Garland Texas today. Search efforts have not revealed any new clues leading to the discovery of Lauren at this time. We have also have several citizens offer to assist in the search. We have been blessed to have ample law enforcement search and rescue resources from multiple agencies across the state on the scene to cover the areas we’re focusing on. Our community never ceases to amaze me in coming out to help those in need. Thanks for all the calls offering to help. If needed, we will sure get the word out. We will update this page as we get new information. Please help us by continuing to spread the word. If you have ANY information, please call 903-693-0333.”
Lauren Elizabeth Colvin Thompson, 32, of Carthage, Texas has been missing since January 10, 2019. Lauren called 911 at 2:24 p.m. and told them she was in a wooded area and someone was chasing her. The call cut out during the call.
The Panola County Sheriff’s Office used cell phone tower pings to go to the general area of where she was. Her car was found in a ditch off of FM1794, on an oil/gas company leased road, but Lauren was not found.
Authorities used dogs, UTV’s and even a heat-detecting drone but they never found Lauren. They plan to search again.
The police are not sure what happened to Lauren’s phone but are saying at this time they believe her cell phone battery ran down during the 911 call, reports Sheriff Lake in his press release. They also said it appeared as though she was confused and disoriented. But, we don’t know what that really means, she could have been scared.
Lauren is 5′ 5″ tall , and weighing about 190 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Thompson was last seen wearing dark colored pants or leggings and a dark-colored hoodie, according to the sheriff’s office.
Anyone with information can call the Panola County Sheriff’s Office at 903-693-0333.
Another missing woman, whose car was found on the oil/gas lease land.
Doris McIntosh was 78 when she went missing from the Carthage area on July 24, 2009. She was heading home after visiting her husband in the hospital in Carthage, when she got lost. Four days later, on July 29,her car was found abandoned vehicle near an oil and gas drilling stuck in the mud off a County Road 173. It was unlocked and the seat was pushed up to the wheel as though to fit her height, but the heater was on and the keys and purse were gone. Although there has been many searches, Doris has never been found.