Efforts to find missing Lou. woman switched to search and recovery at Otter Creek Park

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 3:54 AM

MEADE CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Thursday the search efforts for 37-year-old Carrie Ormerod Ruffra moved from a search and rescue to a search and recovery.

Ruffra was reported missing on Wednesday but now it appears her family knew all along where she went Tuesday evening after work. Otter Creek Park, a place Ruffra knew well.

"Yesterday we received a call from her parents. They were distressed; they said she was distressed," Charlie Logsdon, Otter Creek Park manager, said.

Within 30 minutes of the call, Otter Creek Park staff found her abandoned SUV, with her keys and purse inside.

"We immediately posted info of Ruffra, what she looked like, and we located her vehicle shortly after that around 11:30 a.m.," Logsdon said.

On Wednesday, scent dogs, firefighters, and police found no sign of Ruffra. Logsdon says Ruffra did leave a suicide note. On Thursday the search continues but now officials have different expectations.

"We had someone out here this morning looking for her on the bank," said Logsdon.

The Department of Fish & Wildlife will have two boats searching for Ruffra in the nearby Ohio River.

KSP are working this case and Detective Aaron Gabhart is leading the investigation.  This case is being investigated as a missing person.  Police say they have no evidence, at this time, which would lead them to believe another person was responsible for her disappearance. 

Police say until they locate Mrs. Ruffra or unless other evidence is presented that would alter that course; they will continue to investigate this as a missing person.  Police will not speculate on a motive to her disappearance until all evidence is processed and they locate Mrs. Ruffra.

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