Family seeking Gary woman missing since Friday

2014-02-11T20:30:00Z 2014-02-11T22:26:28Z Family seeking Gary woman missing since FridayEd Bierschenk edwin.bierschenk@nwi.com, (219) 933-4195 nwitimes.com

GARY | A Gary woman is searching for her 52-year-old mother, who has been missing since Friday morning.

Samira Billingsley, 30, said Tuesday her mother, Sonya, left her grandmother's home in the 4600 block of Connecticut Street about 9 a.m. Friday after making a phone call.

Billingsley said her mother, who doesn't drive, has never been missing like this before.

"Everybody is worried," Samira Billingsley said. "We have family near and far calling. This is not something she would do."

Sonya Billingsley lives with and cares for her mother, Helen, said Samira Billingsley.

The younger Billingsley believes her mother took a bus to go to the Save More Food Center at 921 Broadway around 7 a.m. Friday. She returned with groceries about 8:30 a.m. before making a phone call and leaving the house. The family is in the process of obtaining phone records to see who she may have called.

Samira Billingsley said her aunt, Salethia Sims, who lives near the grandmother's house, called her about 3 p.m. Saturday to let Billingsley know her mother had not returned home.

The aunt initially thought Sonya Billingsley may have gone to one of the casino boats she was known to visit, the daughter said.

The family contacted all the boats to no avail, as well as other establishments she was known to frequent. Billingsley said the family also contacted the police, hospitals and the coroner's office.

According to Gary police, Sonya Billingsley was described as 4 feet 11 inches tall and 152 pounds. She was wearing a white coat with a hood, blue jeans, a red bandanna and black curlers, which her daughter said leads her to believe her mother did not mean to be gone long.

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