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Early Wednesday morning, the search for a missing Cameron woman resumed. Milam County officials returned to County Road 147 hoping to find 36-year-old Sharon Thompson.
Milam County Sheriff Charlie West said authorities have been looking for Thompson since Monday afternoon after someone spotted the truck she was last seen driving in flood waters. There was no sign of Thompson.
"The key was in the ignition, it was on," Sheriff West said. "The shoes that she was reportedly wearing, we found those floating down stream."
According to a family member, Sharon Thompson dropped off her daughter Saturday night. They say she may have then turned on County Road 147 as a short cut to get back home.
Heavy rains combined with a poorly-lighted road could have made it hard for her to see flood waters covering the road. When she did not return home on Sunday, a missing person's report was filed.
Cameron's Volunteer Fire Department Chief Henry Horelica said so far, the the search has come up empty.
"We have concentrated most of our efforts in the water, and we have had crews walk through the woods probably three or four yards either way," Horelica said. "North-south and straight back from us. We have not found anything yet."
And the cold temperatures and freezing rain have not helped. Along with high waters, they all have slowed down the search.
"It has rained on us," Horelica said. "It has sleeted. You can look around and tell it is ice everywhere. It is very cold."
Sharon Thompson's family have been right there beside them.
Larry Charanza, Sharon's older brother, and a number of cousins and nephews have taken an active role in the search.
According to Charanza the family is holding up, but he said they need to know for sure should they move on.
"If we find her it brings closure to it," Charanza said. "If she is not here, then it brings hope."
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