Still no trace of missing Greene woman
By Ariel Zangla , Freeman staff 08/29/2004
Another year has passed and there is still no sign of Audrey May Herron or the vehicle she was driving when she disappeared after leaving work on the evening of Aug. 29, 2002.
However, police continue to investigate the case and follow any new leads that develop while family and friends continue to try to keep Herron's story alive in the hopes that someone might know what happened to her.
Herron, 33, was last seen by her co-workers at the Greene County Long Term Health Care center in Jefferson Heights where she was employed as a licensed practical nurse. She left work at the end of her shift at approximately 11:15 p.m. Friends said the mother of three walked out to her 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee and told her co-workers she would see them at work later in the week.
She never arrived home to her husband and children in Freehold and she hasn't been seen or heard from since. Her vehicle hasn't been found either.
Senior Investigator David Darling with the state police at Catskill said investigators have been working on the case without a break for the past two years.
He said an investigator is assigned to the case at all times and occasionally other investigators assist as necessary.
"We do one or two leads a week anyway," Darling said. "It's still an active investigation."
A state police press release said it is believed Herron's route home would have taken her along state Route 23, state Route 32, Caniff Road, Plattekill Road and county Route 67.
Following her disappearance police and volunteers conducted several searches using dogs, divers and aircraft. Police said close to 1,000 leads have been pursued and exhausted with no viable information being developed to help find Herron or her vehicle.
Herron's friend, Marie Parker, said a private investigator from Port Jervis is working the case pro bono and friends and family continue to try to keep the missing woman's story alive.
"We're just plugging away at trying to keep everything out there," Parker said. She said family and friends have placed Herron's information on yard signs in the area, added her to an "adopt a missing person program" based in New Hampshire, (Correction for the journalist: Nebraska, not NH) and are preparing to put Herron's picture in shopping cart ads at Price Chopper grocery stores throughout the state. In addition, a remembrance bench dedicated to Herron will be placed either at the hospital where she worked or the Greenville town park. On June 26, Herron's picture also appeared on the hood of No. 94 Darrell LaMoure's race car at Infinion Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The race was a nationally televised event.
"When somebody's missing it's really hard because you have no place to grieve and no closure," Parker said. "At this point, for me, I just want to find out what happened to her."
"She needs to be home so people can grieve the right way," Parker said. "This not knowing is not good. It's not healthy. I know that."
Parker said a candlelight vigil will be held at Greene County Long Term Health Care center at 7 p.m. tonight.
Herron is described by police as being a petite white female, 5-foot tall, 105 pounds, with hazel eyes and light brown hair. She was driving a black 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee with New York license plate X23-3UV. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call state police at Catskill at (518) 622-8600.
To find out more about Herron visit http://audreymayherron.expage.com