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Body of lost N.C. woman located by farm road

South Boston News / October 08, 2012
A 90-year-old Burlington, N.C. woman missing since Sept. 8 was found dead off Buckshoal Road on Saturday morning, confirmed Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark.

Authorities say Ruzie Dixon Suggs, who was last seen driving from Greensboro, N.C. a month ago, was found by a hunting party in the Aaron’s Creek community Saturday morning around 6 a.m. The hunters spotted her white 2005 Cadillac DeVille parked on an old farm road, with her body lying on the ground behind the vehicle. At her side was her miniature gray poodle Pierre, still alive.

“The little dog was right there with her,” said Clark.

The animal was taken into the care of Halifax County Animal Control. Members of Suggs’ family are expected to pick up the dog this week.

There is no indication of foul play, added Clark, and Burlington police, in issuing a silver alert in the wake of Suggs’ disappearance in September, said she may have suffered from mild dementia.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that phone records indicate Suggs tried to make several cell phone calls on Sept. 9, but the calls did not go through.

She was last seen dropping a friend off in Greensboro. Police speculate she became disoriented as she drove home and continued in the direction of Halifax and western Mecklenburg counties. It appears her vehicle may have gotten stuck.

On at least one prior occasion, noted Lt. Brian Long of the Burlington Police, Suggs “got turned around” heading north on Highway 29 toward Danville when leaving the friend’s Greensboro home.

Her body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy.

Burlington police began an investigation into Suggs’ disappearance shortly after being contacted by family members in September, and immediately contacted the Virginia State Police in South Hill. Since then, the Mecklenburg and Halifax County Sheriffs Departments have joined the search effort.

Clark praised Virginia State Police, the Halifax County emergency services department and Halifax County Animal Control for their assistance at the scene Saturday.

A prayer vigil for Suggs scheduled for Sunday was cancelled.

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This is one of the saddest things I've heard in a long time. Having elderly relatives who still drive, I'm always attuned to this possibility.

Project Lifesaver is deserving of your support and your United Way donation can be designated for it. It could probably have helped find Mrs. Suggs earlier. Please consider supporting it especially if you have elderly or very young loved ones who might wander away.

To the Suggs family- we are here with you in your loss. Sad as it is, at least she was found and you have closure.

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