Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders are scaling back the search for a Bonham woman along the Red River; the woman went missing early last week. The weeklong search for the woman, who went missing Sept. 28 near the Texas-Oklahoma border, started after family members feared she may have jumped off a bridge on State Highway 78.
The search efforts were scaled back as efforts to locate the woman along a 40-mile stretch of the river yielded no results, officials said. The search efforts will continue, but only once each week, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Danny Chaffin said Monday.
“Other than that, I can’t say that someone is in there or not,” Chaffin said in a phone interview Monday.
Officials with the Bonham Police Department identified the woman as Linda Anderson, 66, who lived south of the city. Officials said the police department is not involved in the search and investigation as the incident is believed to have occurred outside the city.
The search efforts were conducted via air and water and included the closure of the Denison Dam, to lower the river level, Chaffin said. Chaffin said Anderson’s car was discovered near the bridge and K-9 units with Fannin County were able to track Anderson’s scent to the middle of the bridge before losing the trail.
Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said his office started assisting with the search Thursday. He said her prior history and previous comments lead family and first responders to believe she may have jumped off the bridge. He said he was uncertain if future searches would find anything further.
“With the activity on the river with the holiday weekend, and the lower levels, you’d think someone would notice something,” he said.
If anyone has details on the missing person or notice anything along the river, Christian asked that they contact the Fannin County or Fannin County Sheriff’s Offices at 903-583-2143.