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Nearly month: Lamar County woman remains missing

Ali Burress remains missing.

It has been nearly a month since Lamar County woman Ali Burress dialed 911 reporting she was lost just off State Highway 24. Monday, June 29 was the last anyone had heard from the 28 year old. The Lamar County Sheriff’s office spent several hours last Friday with search and rescue dogs in the area her car was located 15 miles south of Paris near County Road 14850 at approximately 10:30 a.m. that day.

She had placed a call to emergency personnel reporting she had crashed her silver Toyota car into a ditch near a corn field somewhere off State Highway 24.

“We fear the worst,” said Lamar County Sheriff’s Officer Joe Tuttle, after the length of time she has been missing. “There were no personal belongings left in her car – no purse or cell phone. We have followed up on every lead and have heard nothing from any of her family or friends. Until we receive any new leads we are just discombobulated.”

He reported she was on her phone for approximately one hour early that morning, and they used the ping off the tower from the phone to help locate her with the GPS tracking technology law enforcement has. Officer Tuttle said the damage to the car was minor, no air bags deployed.

“We don’t know if she is just hiding, someone got her or what exactly,” added LCSO Officer Tuttle. “We are really no closer than on the day we found her car.”

She is described as a white female, 5 foot tall and 120 pounds with blonde hair with reddish or brown highlights. Authorities believe she was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans shorts and no shoes. She is the mother of two children and a lifelong Paris native.

Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Ali J. Burress, please contact Lamar County Sheriff’s Office at 903-737-2400.

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