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November 18, 2005

Search continues for missing woman

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.

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