Largest search for missing 63-year-old Clemmons woman comes up empty

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CLEMMONS, N.C. -- The largest search thus far for a missing 63-year-old Clemmons woman was the latest of the searches to turn up nothing today.

Gayle Annette Fleming was reported missing over a week ago, last Sunday, by family members. Last Wednesday, a family member located Fleming’s car at Tanglewood Park, which prompted a two-day search for Fleming by both air and ground.

Today, about 100 volunteers, along with about 50 Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies, 20 Forsyth County Parks workers, Forsyth County EMS and Lewisville Fire Department’s water rescue team teamed up to search the park’s grounds, looking for any sign of Fleming.

“If you’ve never done anything like this, the day’s [going to] get long and hot, and it’s not a nature walk, and before the day’s over you’re [going to] be tired and probably unhappy. So, you have to have a positive attitude because a negative attitude will ruin everything,” said Major Danny Carter, with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The teams began assembling at 8:00 in the morning, and by about 9:00, most of them were in the woods, searching 400 by 400 square-foot grids, covering about 50 to 60 of them by the time the search was called, around 3:00 in the afternoon.

“They did a good job,” Carter said, of the volunteers. “After a few hours, we started losing some of them. It was hot out there in the woods, so some started dropping out and about lunchtime we narrowed the volunteer group down to about 20 that can move fast.”

Tanglewood Park is approximately 1,600 acres. Fleming was known to frequent the park, deputies said. Though her vehicle was spotted there by a family member last Wednesday, dash camera video from a deputy’s patrol vehicle showed that the vehicle had been there a day earlier, on Tuesday.

Teams dealt with some rough terrain as they searched for the missing 63-year-old.

“We sent the deputies into the worst part, briar patches and thickets and all, the swampy area. We sent our folks into that, I didn’t want the volunteers to have to contend with that.” Carter said.

The family was on hand for the search today, as they have been for most, with her husband directing some of the volunteer search parties.

“They’re emotional, ups and downs. They know we’re out here, we’re doing the very best we can and we’re trying to get some closure on this also. But as the day goes on, of course, emotions take over,” Carter said.

Fleming’s stepson was also present, telling FOX8 that they were not giving up on the search for her, although all the others have failed.

Fleming is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with short grey hair, weighing approximately 140 to 160 pounds.

Deputies say the community has come forward with multiple leads, many of which they are continuing to work. If anyone has any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 727-2112, or your local law enforcement agency.

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