Inverness, FL–On June 8, 72-year-old Carol McHugh went on an afternoon walk, in the Seven Lakes subdivision of Inverness where she lived, and never came home.
According to an initial report by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, McHugh was known to suffer from “memory issues.”
CCSO conducted a five-day “search and rescue mission” that covered more than 15,000 acres and grew into a 23 square mile search grid. During the operation, Sheriff Mike Prendergast received assistance from the Pasco County Aviation Unit, Sumter Correctional Institution, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Citrus County Community Emergency Response Team, Nature Coast EMS, Find M’Friends, along with hundreds of concerned citizens.
After 5 days and 3,000 man-hours, Prendergast suspended the search and rescue mission as seen in this video and told media that there were no indications of foul play.
But the question remains, after six months, where is Carol McHugh?
Colleen McHugh, one of Carol’s daughters, visited with the Suncoast Standard’s editorial board about a month ago. She wanted her Mom’s disappearance to gain more publicity and she indicated that she’s establishing a non-profit to assist in the recovery of other missing elderly persons.
After Colleen McHugh’s visit, the Standard also reached out to some other McHugh family members who reside in the local area, as well.
Matthew McHugh, Carol’s son, shared, “There isn’t much sentiment or thoughts we could add that don’t seem rather obvious. We all would like our mother home with us, especially during this holiday season. [There’s] a large void and it’s only filled with more questions and no answers.”
Michelle McHugh, Carol’s daughter, told the Standard that she attended the 11 AM mass with her mother at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for years. Carol, a devout Catholic, also served as a Eucharistic minister for the church.
Both Matthew and Michelle McHugh submitted pictures of their mother for this article.
During a phone interview this evening, Matthew McHugh shared that he was willing to offer a reward, up to $10,000, for verifiable, actionable information that leads to the finding of his mother.
CCSO has repeatedly asked the public for tips and information about Carol McHugh’s disappearance, urging the public to come forward by calling (352) 726-1121 or 911.
And tonight, Matthew McHugh just gave the public up to 10,000 more reasons to call.
This is a developing story; please share any information about Carol McHugh’s whereabouts with the proper authorities.
Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on December 8, 2017 at 10:17 PM
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