Panola County woman missing after cell phone dies during 911 call

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Panola County officials are searching for a missing woman after she called 911 Thursday night believing she was being followed. Her cell phone died during the call and she has not been heard from since.

The woman was identified as 33-year old Lauren Elisabeth Thompson and is approximatley 5’5″, 190 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Sheriff Kevin Lake said in a statement that Thompson said during the call she was in a wooded area and thought someone was chasing her. The statment said Thompson sounded disoriented and confused in the call.

Officers were able to get a relative fix on her location based on cell phone pings.

They later found her car in a ditch off FM Road 1794, just west of Rock Hill. 

A search was conducted for several hours using “off-road ATV, tracking dogs and a law enforcement heat detecting drone with no positive results.”

Investigators remained throughout the night and are still searching for leads. 

If you have any information, please call the Panola County Sheriff’s office at 903-693-0333.

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