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November 28, 2007

Mabank woman missing

VAN ZANDT COUNTY — The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Texas Rangers and Smith County Crime Investigators, continued searching for a missing Mabank woman Tuesday, fearing foul play may have come to the woman.

Diane Hopson, 62, a white female, has been missing from her home on Van Zandt County Road 2815 since Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18.

Law enforcement officials got a call last Monday night from the woman’s daughter, who was concerned after going to her mother’s home and finding evidence of a possible struggle.

Now, more than a week later, authorities have been unable to come up with a lead that could take them to Hopson.

Upon arrival at the home, Sheriff Pat Burnett said law enforcement officials became concerned as well, and conducted a crime scene investigation.

Texas Ranger Kenny Ray was called in for the investigation, as was Smith County Crime Scene Investigator Noel Martin.

“I don’t want to give out information on what we do have, or don’t have, but there was enough blood there that we suspected foul play,” Burnett said Tuesday afternoon.

“We put together all of the evidence at the scene,” Burnett said. “All we can do is list her as missing and endangered. We’ve put it on the computer, a teletype that goes out all over the state.

“We are continuing the investigation of contacting people and collecting as much information as we can until we find a body, which we hope we won’t do,” Burnett said.

“If some law enforcement officer can stop her in a car, they would then immediately contact us. That would be the best-case scenario.”

Burnett said investigators have been talking to people who know Hopson and are trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle.

Anyone with information that might help in this case should contact the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office at 903-567-4133.

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