Panola County releases photo of missing woman whose phone died during 911 call

Lauren Elizabeth Thompson, missing from Panola County
Lauren Elizabeth Thompson, missing from Panola County(Picasa)
Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 at 8:10 PM CST
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PANOLA, TX (KLTV) - The Panola County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who was reported missing Thursday.

Lauren Elizabeth Thompson, 32, is described by officials as a white female, approximately 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.

According to the sheriff, on January 10, at approximately 2:24 p.m., Panola County dispatchers received a 911 call from a female saying she was in a wooded area and thought someone was chasing her.

“The woman appeared to be disoriented and confused,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Officials said dispatchers were able to get a general area of the call through cell phone tower pings. Officers were then able to locate her vehicle, which was stuck in a ditch off of FM 1794, just west of Rock Hill Community.

According to officials, a search was conducted for several hours using an off-road UTV, tracking dogs, and a law enforcement heat-detecting drone. However, Thompson was not found. The sheriff’s office says authorities are continuing to search for her.

Thompson’s “cell phone battery apparently ran down during the 911 call, so no further contact has been established at this time," according to the sheriff’s office.

If anyone has any information, you are asked to contact the Panola County Sheriff’s Office at 903-693-0333.

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