Police expect to resume the search this afternoon for a 73-year-old woman who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon in west Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and firefighters said at midday that Cora Roseborough remains missing, almost 24 hours since she was last seen, at a Food Lion store on Moores Chapel Road and Interstate 485.
Searchers used heat-sensing equipment, a helicopter and a police search dog late Tuesday night in an unsuccessful attempt to find the woman.
Mecklenburg County authorities said today that they have asked Gaston police departments to use automated telephone calls, if possible, to alert residents to watch for the woman. Those calls were used Tuesday evening in western Mecklenburg County.
The active search for Roseborough was suspended overnight, although a helicopter, using the heat sensor, continued to look in the area along Moores Chapel Road, Rhyne Road and Belmeade Drive.
Family members say the missing woman has dementia, but they also say she is capable of walking fast and could have covered a lot of ground. She is described as being 5 feet 9 and 200 pounds, and probably carrying a walking stick. She was wearing pink Capri pants, a white shirt and a blue sweater. Her hair is braided.
Charlotte police Officer Robert Fey said neighboring police departments -- in Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia -- have been notified about the missing woman.
And CMPD detectives continue to work with family members, trying to get additional information that could help them find the woman.
Anyone with information about the missing woman is asked to call 911.