NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - The New Madrid City Police are still looking for a missing 83-year-old woman from New Madrid.
They say Barbara Stoffer is 5' 2" tall and weighs 120 pounds with grey hair. She drives a 1993 green Volvo 850 glt, four-door. The license plate number is 073RYW. Police say the tags and driver's license are expired.
Stoffer was last seen Aug. 20 around 5 p.m. Stoffer's sister says she last saw Stoffer Tuesday afternoon.
"One of the ladies that looks out for her called me yesterday morning, rather early, and she said, 'Ms. Harriet, I'm worried about Barbara.' And I said, 'Why?' She said, 'She isn't home.' I said, 'Maybe she went out to eat breakfast.' She said, 'No ma'am, she didn't go out to eat breakfast.' She said, 'She's gone."
Campbell says she knew something bad happened when Stoffer didn't return home.
"She loved the Mississippi River," Campbell said. "She went up there everyday on the levy. And I don't know, I just have a bad feeling about it. I can't tell you why. I just have a bad feeling and I feel that she's already gone."
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and crews from several cities have been searching with helicopters and boats. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help search can go to the Command Post at the New Madrid City Police Station.
Volunteers from the community are also joining the search. One man says he's hoping for the best outcome.
"She's loved by the community," Glen Medlin said. "She's lived here many, many years and we miss her. We miss her being on this levy. She always makes a run on the levy to make sure the river's flowing."
New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said they are searching the entire county by air, water and ground.
Chief of Police Dave Simmons said the search is ongoing. The search continued at 7 a.m. Thursday.
"We've had a lot of support from the Missouri Highway Patrol, their water patrol, New Madrid County Sheriff's Department and a lot of fire departments have had searches out all afternoon," Simmons said. "Been a lot of help to us."
He said a lot of the volunteers have mostly been volunteer firefighters. Crews such as the Portageville Fire Department, Lilbourn and others had members out looking in the area and looking for her vehicle.
Simmons said the goal is to bring her home safe.