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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Missing From Punta Gorda, Florida Since 5/18/2012 Please Help Find Ellen Anne Quinlan
Charlotte County sheriff's deputies are continuing their search today for 27-year-old Ellen Anne Quinlan, a Tampa woman whose Toyota Camry was found abandoned on a dead-end Punta Gorda road Friday.
The car was found Friday night at the Lazy Lagoon Mobile Home Park, which is northeast of town and just off U.S. ...17, with its windows down, keys inside and Quinlan's purse on the front seat.
Detectives have spent two days scouring the area and talking to area residents. Searchers have called in tracking dogs, the sheriff's office dive team, aircraft and a helicopter equipped with a device that detects body heat. Deputies also made reverse 911 calls to homes in the area, seeking information.
Today, deputies launched a search boat equipped with scan sonar and are patrolling the waterways near the mobile home park.
Quinlan's parents, Gerard and Anne Quinlan, have gone to Punta Gorda to help with the search and told deputies Quinlan had not taken needed medications for the past week. They also said they did not know why she would be in Charlotte County.
She was last seen at their Tampa home Thursday night, deputies said. She left her cell phone there.
Quinlan has brown hair, brown eyes, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants and was barefoot.
Witnesses told deputies they saw Quinlan Friday afternoon walking around the area in a confused state, and one witness said he saw her walking out of a canal. Another person told deputies her car was in the right lane facing the wrong way.
"Our greatest concern is that she didn't make it out of the water, or that she re-entered the water," sheriff's Lt. Richard McDonald told WBBH-TV in Fort Myers.
Quinlan attended Tampa Preparatory School and Washington and Lee University. She was a royal maid and candidate for queen of Ye Mystic Crew of Gasparilla in 2008 and was a debutant in 2004.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at (941) 639-2101.