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Nov 27, 2013 6:18 PM by John Patrick

St. David family still searching for missing mother

TUCSON - A Cochise county family is still searching for their mother that has been missing since Sunday.

Mary Black was last seen on November 24 in the Benson area. Mary Ann Black, Black's daughter, says she left her home in a 1991 white Ford Explorer which was spotted on N Ocotillo Rd and Fourfeathers Lane around noon Sunday, however, an hour later the vehicle was gone and so was Black.

"Without Mom there is no holiday for us. I'm so depressed about it," says Black.

Mary Black is a Cochise county pioneer and a lifelong rancher in the area. Now 86 years old she suffers from Alzheimer's but the family says taking off like this is not like her at all.

Black says, "To go some place and disappear, well she's never done something like that."

She was last seen in a short sleeve shirt and pants and has no identification or money on her.

Pixie Smith, a lifelong family friend, says Black is the toughest lady she knows and has high hopes to bring her home.

"It's horrible for someone to be out there. Lord only knows where she is. Alone, cold and hungry," explains Smith.

The family says that the vehicle Black was driving was spotted once and may be seen again. The 1991 white Ford Explorer has an Arizona license plate number 092-CLS. One thing that stands out on the vehicle is a black RV tow bar connected to the front bumper.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information about Black's whereabouts call the Cochise County Sheriff's Office at (520) 432-9500 or dial 9-1-1.

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