By Monica Land
GALLMAN – While “Missing” posters still flood the Montgomery and Carroll County areas in a family’s desperate search to find Linda Gale Reed, the Clarion Ledger is reporting that Reed may have been found – alive – and living in Mexico.
Sixty-five-year-old Reed disappeared during the evening hours of April 29 without a word to family or friends. She told her fellow employees at Moore’s Fabrications in Gallman that she was going to Wal-Mart but never returned.
Family members feared the worst when Reed’s car was found deep in the woods near Interstate 55 with her purse, credit cards and $60 in cash inside.
A short distance away, police also found a blanket, Reed’s cell phone and her glasses.
There were no signs of a struggle.
A cloud of suspicion began to form when Reed’s employer, Shannon Moore, found discrepancies in his financial records that seemed to indicate that Reed – Moore’s bookkeeper for the last 13 years – was taking money from the company.
Reed lived in a mobile home on the premises of Moore Fabrications during the week, but returned to her residence in Carroll County on the weekends.
Moore told the Clarion Ledger that money is missing from his company and he believes Reed is responsible. Moore started handling the books when Reed went missing a month ago Tuesday.
Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones said he would not confirm any reports that Reed was found in Mexico, and Reed’s daughter, Cindy Gray, is also denying any report that her mother has been found.
Reed’s disappearance kicked off a manhunt that included local law enforcement, family members, community volunteers and Texas Equusearch, a company that specializes in searching rural and wooded terrain on horseback.
Reed’s disappearance is also featured on the website for America’s Most Wanted and on a special Facebook page created by her family.
A monetary reward is still being offered for information leading to her whereabouts.