By Cass Rains Staff Writer
The search for a missing former Enid resident has been joined by a Texas-based search and rescue organization, and NASA is even helping out.
"It's still going," said Tracey Mayo, daughter of the missing Nita Mayo. "We still haven't found Mom, but we're all still looking."
Nita Mayo, 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.
Her daughter 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.
Texas Equusearch helped with the search over the weekend, along with members of the Sonora community, but the turnout was less than expected.
"We didn't get quite the response we had hoped for," Tracey Mayo said. "We absolutely appreciate all the help we have received."
Mayo said leaders from Equusearch, the same team that was in Aruba searching for Natalee Holloway, said all the technology in the world wouldn't be as effective searching the mountain as would 5,000 people actively searching.
"There's so much land, so much mountain," Mayo said. "What we really need is people."
Mayo said NASA will help the search by providing satellite images of the area where her mother's car was found near the time of her disappearance.
She also said research is being conducted on reports of registered sex offenders in the area.
A larger search is being planned for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, Mayo said.
"Everything is appreciated and necessary," Mayo said. "We're willing to do anything and everything to find her."
Tracey said plans for appearances on morning talk shows, including the "Today" show, had been canceled due to Hurricane Katrina.
"We had hoped to get some more people out to help by doing the talk shows," Mayo said. "The hurricane made it hard to appear on any of the shows."
Mayo's daughter, Cindy Mayo, who lives in Enid, and Shelly Taylor, Mayo's daughter who lives in Perry, will return to California Thursday for the search of the mountains planned for this weekend.
Nita's son, Pete Mayo, who lives in Tennessee, is in California now.
A relief fund has been set up 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.
Mayo is 5 feet tall, weighs 140 pounds and speaks with a British accent.
By Cass Rains Staff Writer