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Search for Missing Troy Woman Continuous

Troy police say they have few clues in the whereabouts of a woman that's been missing for more than a week and a half.

Burnese Merritt Rudolph was reported missing on August 2, but no one has reported speaking to her since Saturday, July 29.

Police say that as time passes, things don't look good for a positive outcome.

Troy police are still on the lookout for 62-year-old Burnese Merritt Rudolph. Her 1992 Ford Taurus was found in the Pocosain area south of Troy on August 3, keys still in the vehicle along with a shirt believed to have belonged to Rudolph.

Police say they don't know if she was wearing the shirt at the time of her disappearance.

Rudolph’s daughter Sonya Lee said, "It gets harder and harder, but I'm going to still hold on to hope until she's found."

Troy police tell News 4 that Rudolph's car was found down dirt road and into the woods. Her daughter said this is an area that she doesn't even know about, and she doesn't think her mom did either.

Police say they will continue to search the woods for clues to lead to Rudolph.

Rudolph is a diabetic and has high blood pressure, but they say they don't know how long it will take to finish the search due to rough terrain.

The heat in itself is one thing that will get you. At the same time, there are other things, natural things such as snakes that you should be concerned and worried about. But our main objective is this, in that we're looking for Rudolph," said Sgt. Benny Scarbrough of Troy Police.

Troy police have teamed up with other agencies in the search for Rudolph. The Alabama Department of Public Safety has issued a statewide missing alert.

The Public Safety Community Information Center issued an alert on August 8. The alert is available on line and is distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout state. Troy police say this will allow the department to broaden its search for Rudolph.

If you have any information about Ms. Rudolph, contact Troy Police at 566-0500.


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