CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Nearly two weeks after her disappearance, a family member of 63-year-old Gayle Fleming is speaking to the media for the first time.
“When I found out about it, it just completely floored me,” said Joshua Fleming, Gayle’s stepson, speaking exclusively to FOX8’s Michael Hennessey. “You never know how much you really care for somebody until a moment like this.”
Gayle was reported missing by family, after they last saw her at her Clemmons home on Sunday, April 17. Her 2002 Lexus was discovered by a family member at Tanglewood Park on Wednesday, April 20. However, review of dash camera video from a sheriff’s deputy revealed that her car had been there at least a day earlier.
“We love this woman and we were going to do whatever it took to try to find just a clue,” Joshua said.
Joshua says Gayle’s car doors were locked, her keys gone and her seat was in a position consistent with someone of her size driving.
“We’re out here trying to find just a little bit, even a little bit will take us a long way,” Joshua said.
The discovery of her car prompted multiple searches; the largest taking place on Tuesday, April 26, when about 200 people scoured the park looking for clues.
“I was hoping that we’d find something as simple as a shoe, a purse, anything that would tell us that it’s Gayle’s,” Joshua recalled.
100 volunteers, 50 deputies, Forsyth County Parks employees, Forsyth County EMS and the Lewisville Fire Department’s water rescue team all joined, but the search came up empty.
“Just because we didn’t find anything that day, doesn’t mean that we’re stopping. We’re going to keep going on,” Joshua said.
The problem is, the family, authorities, and the community, don’t know where to look next.
“It’s hard when you’re at a wall where you don’t know where else to turn,” Joshua said.
Although there are so many questions left unanswered, Joshua maintains that he still has hope she’ll be found alive.
“It’s taken a toll, it really has,” he said. “So we are trying to do whatever it takes to find these answers.”
“I just want her to know that you have family here that really loves you, and needs you,” Joshua said, when asked what he would say to Gayle should she be able to watch the above story. “Just contact somebody to let us know that you’re OK. That’s all that we need. That’s all I can ask.”
Fleming is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, approximately 140-160 pounds, with short grey hair.
Forsyth County sheriff’s investigators say they are looking into multiple leads which have been called in from the community. If you believe you have information regarding her whereabouts, you are asked to contact them at (336)727-2112, or your local law enforcement agency.