Body of missing woman found in Tonto National Forest

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – The body of a missing woman has been found on the Tonto National Forest in Yavapai County.

Phoenix police say searchers discovered her body earlier on Tuesday.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office first confirmed that the Nissan Pathfinder belonging to Mary Lou Webb missing since Thursday had been found.

Police said Webb, 73, was last seen leaving a gathering Thursday night. Webb left that get-together with friends in the 4400 block of East Anderson Drive at about 10 p.m., but officers said she never arrived at her home.

The missing woman’s daughter had told police Webb suffers from dementia and sometimes gets confused about her location. She reportedly was about a mile from home in North Phoenix when she vanished.

Webb's friends were following her home Thursday night. She apparently went straight on Bell Road when she should have turned. The people behind her got caught at a light and lost her.

The couple who found Webb's Nissan Pathfinder in the Tonto National Forest spotted it while they were camping near the Verde River. They originally thought the Pathfinder had been stolen and dumped.

"The driver's window was busted out," said Cheryl McKown. "I looked back and saw the license plate [857JEB] and read it out loud and said 'I'm going to remember that license plate.' ... We got home and [my husband] was watching the 5:00 news on Channel 3 [and saw the story]."

That's when the McKowns called the authorities and reported finding the vehicle. Webb's cause of death has not yet been determined.