From The Charlotte Observer
By Meghan Cooke
Police are still searching for a Charlotte woman who has been missing since Sunday.
Janet Elizabeth Simpson, 56, was last seen leaving the Liberty East Restaurant on East Independence Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Janet Elizabeth Simpson was last seen leaving the Liberty East restaurant on East Independence Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5.
Police say they’ve been searching for Simpson’s gold 2004 GMC Envoy, which is equipped with OnStar, a navigation and communication system that can provide a vehicle’s exact location.
But police say they can’t find the SUV’s signal, which could mean its OnStar system is malfunctioning or the vehicle might be parked in a parking garage or some other area that is blocking its signal.
Myra Pendry, a Liberty East waitress, told the Observer that she saw Simpson, her former classmate, on Sunday morning when she came for breakfast at the restaurant, where she is a regular.
Relatives said Simpson, a mortgage broker, did not come home Sunday night and didn’t arrive at work Monday at a Bank of Granite branch in Charlotte.
Friends and family have called Simpson’s home and her cell phone and left messages, said Mike Stephens, Simpson’s ex-husband who has remained close friends with Simpson.
Now her cell phone’s inbox is full, and they still haven’t heard from her, he said Wednesday.
Stephens said his ex-wife had been seeing a man in Durham who said he spoke to her Sunday as she was leaving the restaurant. She told the man in Durham she had a few errands to run and she’d call him later, Stephens said. She never called.
“We’re just hoping for this best at this point,” Stephens said.
Stephens said Simpson has been going through a stressful period following the death two weeks ago of her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’d love nothing more than to find her stressed out in a hotel,” he said.
But Stephens said she’s never left for days without telling anyone.
“That’s the thing that really scares you,” he said.
Police say Simpson is 5-feet-3 and 130 pounds and has shoulder-length sandy blond hair. She drives a GMC Envoy with an N.C. tag, SXM-1510.