Friends and relatives of a Catonsville woman who has been missing for two weeks distributed 2,500 fliers Sunday near the place where her credit card was last used, a Jiffy Lube in 8100 block of Liberty Road.
Neither Patricia "Patsy" Kelly, 44, nor her teal-colored 1995 Honda Civic has been seen since July 6, and Baltimore County police are asking for the public's assistance in finding her.
Hundreds of county residents are reported missing each year, police said, but most are located within a day. In Kelly's case, detectives have not turned up any promising leads, said Bill Toohey, spokesman for the department.
John Kelly said he usually talks to his younger sister about twice a week, and she has never been out of contact with him this long.
"I just can't imagine her doing this," he said.
'Set the panic off'
He said concern about his sister grew when she didn't show up July 10 for an annual reunion she had planned with close friends in Assateague. She had already paid for the cabin there, John Kelly said.
"That really rang the bell for us and set the panic off," he said. Frustrated friends and relatives distributed the fliers, with her picture on them, on Sunday near the Jiffy Lube, which is on Liberty Road near the intersection of Milford Mill Road.
Patricia Kelly missed a work assignment July 6 at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. She is a freelance display artist who designs windows and other sets for places such as the airport, Towson Town Center and the Inner Harbor, John Kelly said.
She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds, with collar-length red hair. Her brother said her Catonsville apartment appeared undisturbed and that he frequently drives by it to check for signs of her.
The missing two-door Honda Civic has Maryland tags YMT 399, a rear bumper sticker that says "Ireland" and crystals hanging from the rear-view mirror.
Her brother said he's contacted her friends in other states and that no one has heard from her recently.
Hours before her credit card was used at the Jiffy Lube, Patricia Kelly was videotaped at a 7-Eleven in White Marsh purchasing coffee, police said. She had also shopped at Ikea that day, John Kelly said.
As of the beginning of this month, 445 people had been reported missing in the county this year, and 21 are unaccounted for, Toohey said.
For example, a 67-year-old man named Leon Saunders wandered away from Genesis Elder Care in the 9100 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown last month, but he was found a little more than a week later in Baltimore, police said.
Of the 868 people reported missing in Baltimore County last year, one has not been located, Toohey said.
If police find an adult who does not want family members to know his or her whereabouts, detectives tell the relatives that the person is "alive and well," Toohey said. It is not a crime for an adult to leave town without telling his or her relatives, he said.
Kelly's family and detectives are hoping that someone who may have seen her or her car will call the police at 410-307-2020.