UPDATE: Mother found after sending bizarre text to husband

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Connie Ditto (PHOTO: Family photo)

Connie Ditto (PHOTO: Family photo)

UPDATE: Police say a Virginia mother who was reported missing earlier this week has been found safe.

Other details are not being released at this time.


HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia mother is missing and her husband is asking questions about her strange behavior shortly before her disappearance.

Mark Ditto says no one has seen or heard from his wife, Connie Ditto, 41, since Tuesday night when she checked into a medical clinic after she experienced head pains.

“I am clueless as to what happened,” Mark said.

Mark says he spoke to his wife around 8 p.m. while she was at work.

“She said she wasn’t feeling well and was going to go to a walk-in clinic,” he said.

Police told Mark his wife checked in at the medical clinic on Tuesday night but left before her name was called.

Connie texted Mark from the clinic and told him not to come. She said she was being sent to the hospital for X-rays. Mark later learned that was not true and she left before seeing a doctor. Her cell phone was turned off after that final text exchange.

“Why did she turn her phone off?” a confused Mark asked rhetorically.

Connie Ditto (PHOTO: Family photo)

Connie Ditto (PHOTO: Family photo)

Mark and his teenage step-daughters, Connie’s biological children, went to the medical clinic and local hospitals looking for Connie. They could not find her. On Wednesday morning, Mark filed a missing person’s report.

Police told WTVR officers are investigating the case. On Wednesday, Mark said he drove around Short Pump, Virginia, looking for places Connie may have crashed her vehicle.

Mark said Connie hurt her head when she fell last week and her disappearance could be the result of an internal injury. He also said his wife has battled both alcohol abuse and depression in the past.

“I fear she’s driven off somewhere, that’s she’s blacked out and gone,” Mark said.

As police check credit card reports, Connie’s customers continue to show up at the salon for appointments.

“It’s not like her not to cancel appointments,” Mark said.

Connie was driving a dark blue 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan, small SUV. Va license plate # WLV8676. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’2″, 115 pounds, with shoulder length dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Connie should contact Henrico Police at 804-501-1000.


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