Wreck prompts search for missing Oktibbeha Co. woman

Crews set up a command post in the parking lot of a vacant service station at the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 47.
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RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL EDITOR

Multiple agencies are searching for a missing Oktibbeha County woman who wrecked her white Jeep Liberty and lost contact with emergency officials in the southwest part of Clay County early Thursday morning.

Emergency officials said the woman, identified as 23-year-old Victoria Hudson, sent at least one phone photo of her surroundings following the crash.

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott told the Daily Times Leader a Tennessee Valley Authority helicopter spotted the abandoned car off the back side of Mhoon Valley Road in a sparsely populated, but heavily-wooded area off Highway 50 near the Cedarbluff community early Thursday morning.

“We’re still looking,” Scott said Thursday evening. “We will keep at it until tonight and go from there.”

Clay County EMA Director Torrey Williams said there is no word yet on why Hudson was driving through the heavily-wooded area alone. He said crews had two K9s they were also using in the search.

Crews also set up a command post in the parking lot of a vacant service station at the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 47 as the search efforts move forward.

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Director Kristen Campanella said authorities spoke on the phone with Hudson shortly after 7 a.m., before her phone powered off at 7:33 a.m.

Scott said multiple law enforcement and emergency agencies from the area were participating in the search.

The search is expected to resume at 6:30 a.m. on Friday if Hudson is not found overnight.

Those with any information regarding the whereabouts of Hudson are encouraged to call the Clay County Sheriff’s Department at 662-494-2896.

*Editor’s note: Campanella also wanted to extend a thank you on behalf of the emergency officials to Dominoes, who donated food to those participating in the search on Thursday.

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