PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Panola County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the missing Mississippi woman, whose car had been found in the county over the weekend, has been found safe.
Rachael Ann Wallace, 32 was reported missing from Southaven, Mississippi on Friday. Friends and family had been unable to locate her since then. Her silver 2016 Nissan Rogue was discovered abandoned in Panola County on Saturday. Investigators later confirmed her appearance in surveillance images in various locations around Carthage on Saturday, including Walmart. The sheriff’s office released some of those images and said she “may be altering her appearance to conceal her identity.
She remained missing until early Tuesday morning when she was recognized by the clerk at a convenience store in Nacogdoches, Texas just after 6 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The clerk reportedly spoke to Wallace about the situation and then alerted the Nacogdoches Police Department.
“As officers were responding to the store, Wallace walked into the police station and told them she was the missing person that everyone had been looking for,” PCSO Captain Sara Fields said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office said she appeared to be in good condition. Officers interviewed her about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
“All indications are that her disappearance was voluntary,” according to the statement, which said Southaven Police Department and her family have been notified that she has been located.
“We want to thank our citizens for helping us by reporting valuable information that allowed investigators to track Rachael while in Panola County,” Fields said.