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Son of woman missing for week found dead

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. ( - Authorities said they found the car of a missing St. Peters woman, but not in the location where they were looking.

St. Charles Police told News 4 Wednesday afternoon that another law enforcement agency was pulling cars out of the Missouri River near Second Street as part of an investigation into the disappearance of 77-year-old Mary Buckley. 

On April 21, authorities went to Buckley's residence to inform her that her son, Gary Buckley, was found dead in St. Charles in an apparent suicide. While trying to make the notification, officers discovered she was missing. 

"When we got there, she wasn't there. Her vehicle wasn't there," said St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss. "After speaking with neighbors, they said that's unusual. She should be at her place because of her physical health."

Due to her medical ailments and limited mobility, police said it was unusual for her to be away from her residence. Gary Buckley was her only caregiver and living at her residence prior to his death.

Police said they eventually found Buckley's car in a wooded area of Bridgeton just south of Highway 370. Buckley was not inside the car. It is not believed Buckley left the vehicle there. Detectives believe it was left by her son, Gary, just prior to his death. 

St. Peters detectives are continuing to follow up on leads, but is asking for further assistance from the public that could lead to Buckley's location. Buckley is unable to survive without oxygen and is in a very frail state, in addition to having Alzheimer's. 

Contact the St. Peters Police Department at 636-278-2222 or 636-278-1000 if you have any information.

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