Search continues for missing Citrus County woman

Carol McHugh was reported missing.

INVERNESS, Fla. (WFLA) — The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office remains focused on finding a missing and endangered woman from Inverness.

Detectives say 72-year-old Carol McHugh disappeared Thursday afternoon near the Seven Lakes development in Inverness.

(What Carol McHugh is wearing. Source: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

On Saturday, deputies announced they had expanded their search area, sending several teams to large wooded areas, such as Flying Eagle Preserve, Tsala Apopka Lake, and Fort Cooper State Park.   Search efforts will continue through Monday.

Early Sunday morning, Sheriff Prendergast spoke to parishioners at Carol’s church, Our Lady of Fatima, in Inverness.  “I wanted to reach out to those closest to Carol who may have some insight as to her whereabouts”, says Sheriff Prendergast.  “I also wanted to meet with Father Tim, her parish priest, and meet with people who really know Carol to let them know that we are doing everything in our power to bring her home.”

McHugh suffers from memory issues, according to the sheriff’s office, and it’s been more than 72 hours since she left her home without food, water or medication.

She is 5’01 with short brown hair, and was last seen wearing a tan shirt with brown stripes and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911.


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