Search continues for missing Hickman Co., Ky. woman

A Golden Alert was issued for 73-year-old Virginia Emerson.
A Golden Alert was issued for 73-year-old Virginia Emerson.(Kentucky State Police)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 1:18 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 9:50 AM CST
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HICKMAN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - The search continues for a missing 73-year-old Hickman County woman who hasn’t been seen in more than a month.

A Golden Alert was issued for Virginia Emerson on December 12 after her family reported her missing.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) said Emerson has dementia, and she may have been experiencing a medical emergency. They said her disappearance was not believed to be tornado related.

According to the Hickman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Emerson was last seen driving in Clinton near Water Street at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

EMA leaders said their office, Clinton Police Department, Hickman County Sheriffs Office, KSP, Hickman County Fire & Rescue Squad, Clinton Fire Department, Columbus Volunteer Fire Department , Hickman County Dispatch and the Kentucky National Guard have worked diligently in trying to find Emerson.

They have searched the areas where she mostly traveled and in various communities in Tennessee.

According to KSP, a phone ping revealed her last known location was in Obion County, Tenn. on US-51 near Bethlehem Road.

The area was searched, but there was no sign of Emerson.

In addition to searches, emergency leaders have contacted their counterparts in other locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois.

Hickman County EMA said they have followed up on several leads and will continue to do so in hopes of finding Emerson.

Emerson is described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, 155 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.

She was driving a 2014 black Ford Fusion with Kentucky license plate 900-VXH.

Anyone with credible information on the whereabouts of Emerson is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield at 270-856-3721 or the Hickman County Dispatch at 270-653-5871.

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