EVERGREEN, Ala. (WKRG/WAVY) — A family is searching for answers after they say a Norfolk woman disappeared on a trip to Alabama to visit them Sunday.
Shari Saunders was traveling from Norfolk, Va., to Monroeville, over the weekend to visit family. According to Evergreen Police, Saunders, 68, was last seen shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning when she stopped to get gas at Shell/Marathon station at Exit 93 on Interstate 65.
Surveillance video from the gas station shows Saunders and her 2010 red Toyota Corolla at a gas pump at 1:08 a.m. Photos from inside the store also show Saunders at the cash register.
She then pulls out of the gas station parking lot, heading west on U.S. 84 at 1:11 a.m.
Relatives filed missing person reports in Norfolk and Alabama. They say investigators told them her cell phone pinged off a tower a half mile from their home then again a few miles south.
Amanda Reed, Saunders’ niece, says her aunt left Norfolk last Saturday and should’ve arrived later that night.
“You have no idea what it’s like and I pray nobody ever does,” Reed says about the anxiety her family is feeling.
Reed’s father, Bill Hager, says she would normally contact them with updates every 30 minutes. The last he heard from her was about 20 miles south of Colombia, South Carolina and she was supposed to call outside of Atlanta.
“She never called. I tried calling her from then to until her phone went dead. I left messages,” he said.
They’re worried that someone could be with Saunders and that’s why she never arrived.
“She’s got a heart bigger than anyone else I know. She’s so sweet. She believes the best in everybody, which is scary in this day and age because someone could easily manipulate someone like that,” Reed said.
Saunders is reportedly driving a red 2010 Toyota Corolla with Virginia plates WSL2565.
If you know anything, you can call the Evergreen Police Department at( 251)578-1111 or the Norfolk Police Department at (757)664-7000