Gone without a note or phone; Authorities find missing woman

GOBLES, MICH. - UPDATE, Sept. 25 6:20 p.m: Tharp was located on the Kal-Haven Trail by Bloomingdale. She was found after a tip was called in to Van Buren County Dispatch. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation. 

ORIGINAL: A Van Buren County woman who is described as "developmentally disabled" and suffering from a speech impediment has gone missing on Sunday, Sept. 24.

According to a news release from Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, Patricia Ann Tharp, 44, left her sister's home, located on North State Street in Gobles, sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tharp did not leave or note or take her cell phone with her.

Tharp is developmentally disabled and suffers from a speech impediment, the news release says. She was last seen wearing black pajama pants with animal print on them, a while t-shirt and black shoes. She should also have on glasses and an over-the-shoulder purse as well. Tharp is 5'0" and weighs 105 pounds.

Authorities and family are not sure where Tharp is headed, but are concerned for her safety due to her developmental disorder and extreme heat in the area

Anyone that may have seen or heard from Patricia Tharp is asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office at 269-657-3101 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

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