Family of missing woman desperate for information

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KINGFISHER, Okla. — Officials continue to search for a 76-year-old missing woman.

The silver alert was issued last week, and now the woman’s family is speaking out in hopes that someone can help them find her.

Betty Simon was last seen Wednesday night near 63rd and Portland in Oklahoma City.

She was supposed to be headed back to her house near Kingfisher.

Her disappearance has sparked an intense search.

Simon’s family is urging everyone to be on the lookout; for landowners to check their land; for drivers to keep their eyes peeled.

It’s as if she simply vanished, but they know she’s out there somewhere.

And even though law enforcement are looking, they want everyone else to as well.

Sheila Nakvinda is desperate to find out what happened to her mom.

“I have good times and I have bad. I’m a pretty strong person. The longer the time goes on, I think the harder it gets,” Nakvinda said.

Her mom was visiting the Bellevue Assisted Living Center near 63rd and Portland Wednesday night.

She was visiting her husband, Leo, who’s in rehab from heart surgery.

Surveillance video captured her leaving the center at 7:20 Wednesday evening.

She hasn’t been heard from since.

“The chances are that something has gone wrong. She’s not the typical elderly person that has forgot her way home.  Something has gone wrong,” said Nakvinda.

 Law enforcement, family and friends have been scouring the area between Oklahoma City and Kingfisher searching for signs of Simon.

“Searching all the roads and bridges and overpasses and fields. And we’ve had the OHP has been up in the air and looked, done a visual or a large grid of land and not been able to find anything,” said Simon’s daughter-in-law, Malinda Vanderpool.

Her family says Simon is prissy and independent, with all her faculties.

They say she didn’t simply get lost.

They’re fearful her kind nature may have gotten her in trouble.

“If anyone needed help, she would’ve helped them. You know, if they needed a ride, if they needed money, she would help them,” said Nakvinda.

Her family is holding vigil at her home, keeping lists of the areas people have searched.  They’re hoping for the best, but with every passing hour, fearing the worst.

“There is concern that you know likely she’s not going to walk through the door,” said Vanderpool.

Simon was driving a 2004 silver Buick LeSabre with an Oklahoma license plate 169-EZM.

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