Reporting Alex DeMetrick
FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — She disappeared and left behind her phone, her car and her family. Now the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information in the sudden disappearance of Teresa Lentz.
Alex DeMetrick has more on a mystery with no easy answers.
It’s a mystery that began with every day errands.
Teresa Lentz, 49, was last seen by her family in Frederick early Wednesday afternoon.
“She was fine, she told us where she was going again. Just, normal family conversation,” said John Lentz, son.
Teresa Lentz then left her home to run weekly errands.
“Then we tried calling and there was nothing after that,” John Lentz said.
Her daughter found her mother’s car that night, parked near a railroad crossing on Reels Mill Road. The car was fine, but there was no sign of Teresa Lentz after a major search by police.
“We’re not at this point saying foul play is involved, but we do consider the circumstances to be very suspicious,” said Sgt. Jennifer Bailey, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
Across Frederick County, police retraced what they believe were Lentz’ stops.
They passed out a flyer, showing a photograph of Lentz caught by an ATM camera Wednesday afternoon.
“For her not to be here is just… just heartbreaking for me,” said Shawna Lentz, daughter.
Police hope the abandoned SUV with the name of the family business might bring leads.
“Even if an individual saw her sitting at a traffic light, that information can help investigators to develop a timeline,” Bailey said.
Police and family are asking the public’s help, and just on the chance:
“If she’s listening or if she can hear this–we miss you terribly,” said Shawna Lentz. “All we want is you home and safe.”
Teresa Lentz’ family says she is in good health and that it would be completely out of character for her to simply leave without saying a word.
Anyone with any information, no matter how small it might seem, is being urged to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.