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Cary Police Continue Search for Missing Woman

Posted January 21, 2008 10:54 p.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2008 4:12 p.m. EST

— 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.