We were in full on detective mode yesterday. Chasing leads and using this photo to try and track down this woman. She had been missing for over a week from the baltimore area. Her family could only get limited help from law enforcement because no crime had been commited. She has kidney problems and needs dialysis every 3-5 days.
We started at LAX where she had flown in. Her trail led to Hertz car rental and this motel where her credit card had last been used.
This liquor store next to the motel was another spot where activity on her card was noted.
We knocked on all the doors and hoped for something to happen. The trail ran cold at a bus stop in Inglewood. A driver for Hertz had last seen her after he gave her five dollars and let her off at the bus stop. She was last seen boarding the 212 MTA bus to Hollywood.
I may never know what happened to this woman. We cut a package with what we had, did our live shot, and put her picture on the air. If someone happens to remember her, they'll call in to the police or the station and she might actually be found because of our efforts. Otherwise her family can only hope and pray for the best. That's just another frustrating part of my job. We put everything we have into a story for the day we're assigned to it. The next day, very likely, we're on to something else.
I hope "Missing Kidney Woman" makes it home safely. We tried.