Elderly Couple Goes Missing On Drive To Florida

POCOMOKE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are looking for an elderly couple who left Pocomoke to move to Florida and have not been heard from for more than a week.

Merton S. Cowger, 91, and Virginia W. Hooper, 92, packed all their belongings on Feb. 15 and left to move to Okeechobee, Fla. On Feb. 21, Hooper’s daughter contacted Maryland authorities and said she had not heard from her mother for four days. The couple still has not been heard from.

Troopers describe Cowger as being white, 5’3″ tall and weighing 143 pounds. Hooper is white, 4’10” tall and weighs 120 pounds.

They were last known to be operating a beige or light brown 2002 Ford Crown Victoria with Maryland registration PH 03923. The PH indicates a Purple Heart license plate.

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  • disgusted

    I am sorry but were there no family members around that could have helped this elderly couple? I am hoping that part of this story is missing and that the family would have never just said “okay, whatever” and let them move on their own. Please tell me that there is something missing here. I don’t care how lucid they may have been.

  • concerned

    who in their right mind would allow their 90+ parents to drive from maryland to florida by themselves and then wait four days to report them missing. unbelieveable

  • chetta-ketta

    I concur with the above two comments. I also question the wisdom of the MVA issuing a license to someone in their 90’s without a test & I mean a real test.

  • Linda

    According to another site, the couple has been found safe and sound in Florida.
    I hope this a a lesson learned to others with elderly family members. No way should they have embarked on such a long trip alone.

    • Vicki

      Linda, where did you find the site where it says they’ve been found? I’ve been following this story and have yet to see an update. Or if anyone else reads this, can you respond to the fact that yes, they’re okay. This is really sad. I cannot imagine thinking my Mom who will be 80 this year left to move on her own and I not know where she was every day. And believe me, my Mom is very, very active. I’d still worry.

  • eesh

    At 25 senile miles per hour, It probably took them all week to get to gods waiting room.
    (BTW use of small g, is meant to be disrespectful b4 all you loonies start with your stupid fairytale rhetoric.)

    • K. Richard

      And disrespectful you have been.

  • sammy

    eesh..i am so sorry that it seems you lack love..here is a hug because you seem to need one

  • sammy

    POCOMOKE CITY — A couple in their 90s reported missing while driving to Florida was found safe and unharmed at their destination, according to Maryland State Police.

    “Just an elderly couple driving slow,” surmised a state police supervisor when asked what happened.

    On Feb. 21, state police in Berlin issued a missing person’s bulletin for Merton S. Cowger, 91, and Virginia W. Hooper, 92, after family members were unable to reach them for several days. Neither uses a cellphone, police said.

    The couple packed their beige 2002 Ford Crown Victoria with all their belongings on Feb. 15 and left Cowger Trailer Park for Okeechobee. Family members told police that both are known to have medical issues requiring routine medical maintenance.

    Hooper’s family members based in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area had expected the couple’s arrival within several days of their departure, and contacted Maryland authorities when several days passed without reaching them.

    Wendell Cowger, brother to Merton Cowger, said the couple never called once they reached their destination.

    “They never called until Friday. Nothing was wrong or anything, they just — he’s the type of person who doesn’t call too often. They’re safe and sound,” he said.

    Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to the couple’s address based on information from Maryland State Police, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Bell. Deputies located the couple there, and let the dispatchers know both were OK.

    Cowger and Hooper “probably didn’t think anything of it,” Bell said.

    The town of Okeechobee is immediately north of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, and about a 90-minute drive from Florida’s Atlantic coastal towns of Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach.


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