By Cass Rains Staff Writer
Family members of a woman who has been missing since early August still holds out hope they will find their mother alive.
"We all know she's out there alive waiting for us," said Nita Mayo's oldest daughter, Cindy Mayo, who lives in Enid. "We just really want her home, you know, in time for the holidays."
A Nevada resident, Nita, 64, was expected to call a friend once she returned from a day of shopping but never called. Mayo left her Hawthorne, Nev., home around 9 a.m. Aug. 8 after having breakfast with a friend.
She had planned to drive over Sonora Pass for the day and return home that night. She was not reported missing until a day after her expected return, when she failed to report to work.
Mayo's car was discovered Aug. 9 in the Donell Vista area of California by Toulume County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Rolland DeMartini.
Mayo's purse, wallet, keys, money, credit cards and cell phone all were inside the car.
Nita's youngest daughter, Tracey, said the silver 1997 Mercury Sable station wagon had a keypad on the door for entry, but she didn't know if her mother was prone to using it.
Nita is 5 feet tall, weighs about 140 pounds and speaks with a British accent.
The case has been assigned to the FBI as a case of a "missing person with suspicious circumstances," Nita's second-oldest daughter, Shelly Taylor said.
The search was joined by Equusearch, a Texas-based search and rescue organization. NASA also provided satellite images of the area near the suspected time of Mayo's disappearance.
Tracey said leaders from Equusearch, the same team that was in Aruba searching for Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, said all the technology in the world wouldn't be as effective searching the mountain as 5,000 people actively searching.
This Sunday, Nita's story will be featured on the Fox News show "The Lineup," which airs at 8 p.m. CST on the Fox News Network.
The network's Web site describes the show as "an investigative look at America's high-profile crimes and cases, murders and mysteries," and will feature Tim Miller from Equusearch and Nita's son, Pete Mayo.
Nita's story also will be on an episode of "America's Most Wanted" in early December, Shelly said. The show will interview Miller about his search and rescue organization, and Miller will speak about Nita's disappearance.
Another search is planned for today and Sunday, Shelly said. This time the search will be conducted in Hawthorne, Nita's hometown.
"We still have hope we are going to find her," Shelly said. "It's not easy. We're frustrated but still hope."
A relief fund is still in place to help the family with search efforts.
Donations can be sent to the Bank of Kremlin, 3915 N. 4th, in care of Search and Relief Fund to Benefit Nita Mayo, Enid, OK 73701.
By Cass Rains Staff Writer
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