Search continues after McLean Co. women vanish on Owensboro trip

Search continues for missing McLean Co. women
Published: Jul. 23, 2023 at 7:43 AM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - First responders are continuing to search for a mother and daughter last seen in Owensboro.

McLean County Dispatch tells us Reginia Payne, 59, and Bonnie Mayes, 80, made a trip out to Owensboro and were last seen at the Sonic shortly after midnight Saturday.

Officials say the women, who are both from Calhoun, were supposed to come back to Riverside Manor but never returned.

“Our deputies, fire departments, dispatchers, and citizens have been and will continue to be searching,” says dispatch officials on social media. “We are praying for safety for these ladies. Most of us know them personally so we will continue to do everything we can to find them.”

Police officers believe there is no evidence the pair were under duress while in Owensboro.

Family members say Regina’s phone was pinged in Webster County just after 2 a.m. Saturday.

According to first responders, the mother and daughter were in a black 2010 Toyota Highlander with Kentucky plate “278NHM.”

Kentucky State Police say they are helping Owensboro Police with search.

They say they are checking boat ramps and docks in the Sebree area, as well as parkways and highways for any sign of the two running off the road.

If you see the women, call McLean County Dispatch at 270-273-3551 or 911.

Officials with Riverside Manor sent a statement:

“First and foremost, we appreciate your interest and attention to this matter. At Signature HealthCARE, our residents are like family and their safety, care, and well-being is our top priority, always. While we cannot specifically speak on the details of this case to protect patient information, we can confirm we are actively working with the Owensboro Police Department, McLean County Sheriff, and Kentucky State Police. We thank them for their diligent efforts, and we continue to pray for all those involved.”

The pair's vehicle
The pair's vehicle(Owensboro Police Department)