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Cary Police Continue Search for Missing Woman

Posted January 21, 2008
Updated January 22, 2008

— Cary police said Monday they have been unable to find any trace of a woman missing since last week.

Vanlata Patel, 57, of Woodway Bluff Circle in Cary, was last seen at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. She is originally from India and has a medium brown complexion, brown eyes and a thin build.

Patel's son reported her missing. She was supposed to board a flight to Canada on Thursday, but she never made it to the airport. Investigators have been looking for her and talking with people she knew.

"When I learned that she was really missing, I was shocked. I was really shocked,” her estranged husband, Harish Patel, said.

Harish Patel said he has been separated from his wife for a while and was devastated to hear she had disappeared.

"I am a mess. I am a big mess. I just do not understand what to do and how to deal with the situation,” Harish Patel said.

Anyone who has seen Vanlata Patel or who may have information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012.


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  • medassist61 Jan 22, 2008

    Maybe she is simply lost at an airport somewhere. She might have gotten on the wrong plane or something. Don't immediately assume her estranged husband was involved. She could simply be lost somewhere. Hoping for the best for all involved.

  • haggis basher Jan 22, 2008

    "I think her "estranged" husband should be investigated."

    He probably is suspect #1.

  • Groovy Jan 22, 2008

    Wonder why she was heading to Canada? Wish they had more details.

  • MATsMom8126 Jan 22, 2008

    I hope she is found safe and sound. My thoughts are with her family.

  • TeamHatteras Jan 22, 2008

    "Harish Patel said he has been separated from his wife for a while and was devastated to hear she had disappeared."

    You don't have to be Ben Matlock to figure this one out.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jan 22, 2008

    I think her "estranged" husband should be investigated.

  • koolady Jan 22, 2008

    She is in my prayers.

  • mramorak Jan 22, 2008

    praying for her safe return home.