Search to continue for missing Lindsay woman

A Lindsay woman has been missing for 10 days and now investigators are trying to figure out why her car was found submerged in a canal.
January 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A Lindsay woman has been missing for 10 days and now investigators are trying to figure out why her car was found submerged in a canal.

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Lindsay police say they found 72-year-old Tammy McCall's car in the Friant-Kern Canal just outside of the city, but there's no sign of the missing woman.

Investigators will meet first thing in Wednesday morning to come up with their strategy, which may involve getting back into the canal water to search for McCall. So far, they say, there's no evidence of foul play but also no evidence of why the car is in the water.

No one has seen or heard from Tammy McCall for 10 days now. Her picture is posted on fliers all over the Central Valley. She was last seen dropping her son off at work at the South Valley Walmart distribution center.

For all her family knows she could be anywhere. "i love my mother-in-law?I love her as much as my own mom and... I just hope for my husband and Sean and Cathy," Brandi McCall, Tammy's daughter-in-law said. "I want her to come home. You know, she's got people that love her."

Tammy's daughter-in-law says the family is torn up over her disappearance. What's worse, the latest development from investigators. Lindsay police and Tulare County Sheriff dive teams searched a two-mile stretch of the Friant-Kern Canal for nearly five hours Tuesday.

Tammy's car was found by a canal worker on Monday. "It's unknown to us if she's still in the canal or missing outside," said Lt. Bryan Clower.

Lt. Clower says there's no reason to suspect foul play. But how the car got into the canal is a mystery. "At this time there's no damage that indicates there was a traffic accident or that type of an incident," Lt. Clower said. "We're still trying to determine why it went into the canal."

Tammy's family fears the worst, especially since they now have reason to suspect a medical condition may be the reason she's gone. "You know, Christmas day she told me that her doctor had just diagnosed her with early stages of dementia, but I'm not sure if that's for sure," McCall said.

Tammy's family is asking if you see her or may have spotted her in the past 10 days to call Lindsay police immediately.


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