July 15, 2014
The search continues for a woman who was last seen early Saturday morning.
Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office has spent most of Tuesday up at Carter Mountain Orchard., searching for 56-year-old Bonnie Santiago.
A mobile command post was set up, along with ATVs and several cooling stations for volunteers.
Crews have been searching the area in waves, slowly making their way down the mountain.
Albemarle County Police say Santiago was last seen at a property near Carter Mountain Orchard around 1 a.m. Saturday, July 12.
"We received a phone call about 5:30 last night from family members of Bonnie Santiago They reported her missing, and at that point we began an active search," says Carter Johnson with the Albemarle Co. Police Dept.
Santiago is described as 5ft. 4inches tall, 175 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
CBS19 has been informed that Santiago has a history of heart conditions, so authorities are concerned about her health combined with the extreme heat.
The Albemarle Co. Sheriff’s Office was called in to coordinate search efforts to find her.
"So we're going to be searching the area of the residence and some outland areas here. In the meantime, I know the county police department is doing some other investigative work, but that I'm not going to comment on," said Albemarle Co. Sheriff Chip Harding.
CBS19 spoke with family members who say Santiago was visiting her boyfriend.
"I was told that she spends a lot a time with her relatives across the mountains, I’m assuming Waynesboro,” continued Sheriff Harding. “She also stays here. I talked with the boyfriend that works on this property, and she stays with here with him a lot. "
Authorities have requested search dogs and horsebacks to help them in their search. The sheriff’s office has reached out to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for additional resources.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000.