The search for a missing Berkeley woman took a twist in Humboldt County last week when sheriff’s deputies there discovered a vehicle she owned.
Betty Baxter Simmons, 75, has not been seen since Sept. 5, when a neighbor in Berkeley saw her. According to authorities, she told the neighbor she was going on a short trip and has not been seen since.
She is about 5 foot, 6 inches tall and 156 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes.
Simmons’ vehicle was found around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 by an employee of a timber company, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. It had been abandoned on Snow Camp Road near the town of Korbel.
Authorities said the employee found a note on the vehicle’s window saying “Tow to Berkeley.”
Deputies saw evidence that the vehicle may have become stuck on the road after trying to turn around at a locked gate, the sheriff’s office said, and that it may have been there for some time. Inside the vehicle were some of Simmons’ personal belongings.
They searched the area and found nothing to help them to know where she may have gone, authorities said.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office encouraged anyone who may have seen Simmons to call them at 707-445-7251. Anonymous tips can be left at 707-268-2539.