Search underway for missing Hub City woman

Search underway for missing Hub City woman
Martha Nelson/Photo credit: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Members of Mississippi Task Force 3 spent the day combing the woods in the Hub City searching for a missing 93-year-old Hattiesburg woman.

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday, Dec. 1, by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

"Ms. Nelson is described as a white female, 5'3, weighing 120 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen Wednesday, November 11 on Golf Course Road in Hattiesburg. Family members say she suffers from a medical condition that may impair her judgement," DPS Communication Director Warren Strain said in a press release.

Searches were in the woods Thursday night, and even more search and rescue personnel including Task Force 3 were on hand Friday.

Even though she was seen somewhere around Nov. 11, she was not reported missing until Dec. 1, prompting the Silver Alert to be issued.

"To be 30 days in, we're looking at a big area, we are covering a lot of area today, but we're doing a thorough job of that," Task Force 3 Deputy Leader Ryan Pigott said.

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The search was laid out into a map-grid circling around her home at 80 Golf Course Road in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police obtained a search warrant for the property and residence, but Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said that is routine in cases like these.

"At this time our detectives have no indication that any foul play is suspected in the case," Traxler said.

Pigott said, "Time takes a lot in to it, you know if you get a call that's a day later versus two weeks or a month later, that definitely comes in to account."

Factors like the age, mental capacity, health and well-being of Nelson all factor into the search.

"That also goes into our statistics, and it for lack of a better term, broadens the search area drastically, you know…it broadens by the hour, whenever you want to look at it," Pigott said. "We base it off statistics for the individual, we do a profile the best we can of that person and we take all of those numbers, we put it all together in a package, a map package, and we pretty much base out some high probability areas, so that we are not just out there searching all over the world, we're looking at high probability areas where this subject could be."

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Martha Nelson, contact the Hattiesburg Police Department at 601-545-4971.