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Investigators in Ohio are searching to uncover any new leads in a mother’s baffling disappearance from a shopping center earlier this month.
Jane Milota disappeared from Westfield Township on Aug. 9 at about 7:30 a.m. The 53-year-old was last seen dropping off her adult son, who has autism, at work.
Milota was reported missing after not showing up for work. She had been seen days earlier at a local bike shop, police said.
Last week, law enforcement used a thermal imaging drone to scour the wooded area near where Milota vanished; they also searched businesses surrounding the nearby Westfield Inn.
Authorities suspect Milota may be driving a brown Buick Enclave with the license tag HCA7418. But no signs of her vehicle have surfaced, according to police.
"I'm looking for any trail that maybe we couldn't see using Google Earth that's new that we go walk in," Detective Larry Covey told the outlet. "Obviously, if I get back and I can see tire tracks going through a field that shouldn't be there into a set of woods, something just anything that we can go on at this point."
Police haven't managed to uncover many other leads in the two weeks since Milota vanished. The case has stunned her family, they told local news reporters.
"She didn't entrust anybody if she meant to do this — so if she didn't mean to do this, anything could have happened," Warren Milota, her husband, told News5 Cleveland.
Milota's mobile phone was found plugged in at her home, her husband said.
“One day she just didn’t come home,” he told WOIO. “You start thinking about all the things that could’ve possibly happened.”
Prior to her disappearance, Milota worked as a restaurant manager at an Arby’s in nearby Medina, police said. She never called ahead or indicated she wouldn’t be coming into work the day she was reported missing.
“She hasn’t contacted anybody and didn’t give anybody a clue that she would not be here,” her husband added.
Jane Milota never used credit cards, which has added to the investigators’ difficulty in tracking her possible movements. Two days before she disappeared, however, Milota took out $1,000 from her bank account with a debit card. Her husband said this wasn’t out of the ordinary.
"She paid cash for everything," Warren Milota explained.
Foul play is currently suspected in Milota’s missing person’s case.
Last week, authorities stated they had no new information to disclose regarding the missing Ohio mother.
“We have spoken with neighbors and no one has videos of her returning home,” Medina Township Police Department said in a statement.
Milota is from Denmark, according to her social media; police added investigators were in touch with Milota’s family abord.
“They have not had recent contact with her. We have checked with hospitals and airlines,” the statement added. “There has been no activity involving Jane.”
Medina Township Police Department didn’t immediately respond to questions surrounding the case on Tuesday.
Anyone with information related to Milota’s whereabouts is urged to contact Medina Township Police Department’s dispatch center at 330-723-5191.
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