Sabine Co. authorities locate missing 71-year-old woman

Ida Broussard (Source: Sabine County Sheriff's Office)
Ida Broussard (Source: Sabine County Sheriff's Office)

HEMPHILL, TX (KTRE) - Authorities in Sabine County have located the 71-year-old woman who went missing on her way home from the Derby Downs casino in Louisiana.

Details are sketchy at this time, but, according to Ida L. Broussard's son, she was involved in a motor vehicle accident. A Sabine County Sheriff's Office deputy told Andrew Broussard that her light blue Ford Escape 3-door SUV was involved in an accident. Ida Broussard was taken to an East Texas hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

Before she was found at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday, Ida L. Broussard, 71, was last seen at a Newton County Exxon station near the intersection of Highways 12 and 87.

"Ida would never willingly fail to return home," said Ida's ex-daughter-in-law, Stacy Nicotera Broussard earlier Thursday. "Wherever she is, she needs help!"

Stacy Nicotera Broussard urged people on their way home through that area of Newton and Sabine counties to call the Sabine County Sheriff's Office if they see any indication of a car having gone off the road.

"Even if you can just spend an hour to help search the route the family would appreciate it," Stacy Nicotera Broussard said. "This is a woman who would get in her car and search if she was reading this about someone else in her community."

According to Ida Broussard's son, Andrew Broussard, his mother was on her way back to her home, which is located in the Toledo Bend area near Hemphill. Ida Broussard was last seen making a purchase on a video from the Orange convenience store.

Andrew Broussard said his family obtained a copy of the video and brought it to the attention of law enforcement officials. He also said that nothing seemed out of the ordinary in the video and that his mother didn't seem to be under any duress.

Deputies from Sabine and Newton counties are assisting in the search, as are firefighters from the Hemphill Volunteer Fire Department, Broussard said. In addition, when they contacted a charter air service out of Orange about assisting in the search, the owner of Budreaux's Aerial Service offered to fly Andrew Broussard's brother and niece up and down the route his mother would have taken to get home from the Exxon on Orange. They have since been trying to locate her Escape from the air.

"She's the type of grandmother that cooks all day on the holidays and never sits down while the grandchildren run around," Stacy Nicotera Broussard said.

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