Rescue Crews Searching Hilltop Lakes for Missing Central Texas Woman

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

An elderly central Texas woman is missing from her home and her caretaker was found dead. Now the Leon County Sheriff's Office is involved and searching Hilltop Lakes for the woman who hasn't been seen since Sunday.

Search and rescue crews have been combing the woods of Hilltop Lakes, a small community just outside of Normangee, since 9 Monday morning for Bonnie Harkey of San Saba, which is 60 miles west of Killeen. Sheriff Jerry Wakefield says the department received a tip that she may be in the area.

"We hope we don't find the body here, but we would like to know the elderly woman who is missing is found safe," said Wakefield.

If you've seen Bonnie Harkey or have information about her whereabouts, call your local authorities. Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of her caretaker. One of them is Harkey's grandson.

According to our sister station, KWTX:
Reporter: Rick Bradfield

SAN SABA COUNTY (March 26, 2012)—Authorities were trying to unravel a mystery Monday after a 12-year-old Central Texas boy found his mother dead Sunday evening at the home of the elderly woman for whom she was caring.

The elderly woman is missing.

San Saba County Sheriff L.A. Brown said Carl Wade Pressley is in custody at the San Saba County Jail on a murder charge and a second person is being questioned in connection with the death.

Sheriff's deputies were poring over the scene Monday morning searching for any evidence that might confirm who killed the caretaker, Karen Johnson, and that might reveal the whereabouts of Bonnie Harkey, the missing woman.

Deputies are continuing to search for Harkey.

Brown said his deputies are conducting "an active murder investigation."

There was no word initially about how Johnson died.

Both women were reported to be at the Harkey home Sunday evening and the boy routinely stayed there when his mother was caring for Harkey.

When the boy arrived at the home at 3799 W. U.S. Highway 190 Sunday he found his mother dead in the front doorway and Harkey was nowhere to be found.

Mrs. Harkey is the owner of Harkey Pecan Farm.

A check of district clerk records in San Saba County showed Harkey's children and stepchildren have filed multiple court documents in a fight over who should be listed as. Harkey's guardians and what should happen to her considerable fortune.

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