No leads on missing Affton mother, search hampered by weather -

No leads on missing Affton mother, search hampered by weather

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By Ruella Rouf By Ruella Rouf

AFFTON, Mo. ( -  The search for a missing mother from Affton was suspended temporarily as weather hampered the efforts by deputies Thursday night.

Mary Zenhle, 57, was walking near her sister’s home in Crawford County Wednesday night when she disappeared. It happened around 5 p.m. and as it reached the 30-hour mark, deputies from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says it is critical they find her because she has health issues.

“She just disappeared off the street, I don't know how that could happen,” said Jerry Zenhle, her ex-husband.

Mary Zenhle’s family, including her daughter, have been aiding in search efforts since Wednesday night.

Mary was out walking with her sister Barbara and their dogs, when Barbara said her sister got ahead of her. Calling out her name, there was no sign of her. When the dogs returned, but there was still no sign of Mary, the worry sank in.

“She wouldn't just walk away, I just can’t imagine,” said Zenhle.

Major Darrin Layman with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says authorities do not suspect foul play, but he said finding her within 48 hours is imperative.

Close to 75 people from at least five different agencies, including Eureka Search and Rescue, Steelville Volunteer Fire, and Cuba Volunteer Fire searched a 30-40 mile radius near the home on Blunt Road in Steelville.

Major Layman said they interviewed neighbors and do not have any reports of a vehicle that might have picked Zenhle up. But he said that doesn’t mean it’s still not possible. K9 units searched for nearly eight hours but were unable to locate a scent. At this point they have called off the ground search until they have a credible lead. They are asking the public for any information on the missing woman to call 573-775-4911.

Mary Zenhle was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and shorts. She is 5’7'' with dark blonde hair and blue eyes.

“It’s imperative we find her because there are concerns about her health,” said Major Laymen.

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