Panola County woman missing after making 911 call saying she was being chased through the woods

Press Release


On Thursday, January 10, 2019, at approximately 2:24 p.m., Panola County Dispatch received a 911 call from a female advising that she was in a wooded area and thought someone was chasing her. The female appeared to be very disoriented and confused. Dispatchers were able to get a general area of the caller through cell phone tower pings. Officers were able to locate her vehicle a short time later, stuck in the ditch on an oil/gas company lease road off of FM 1794, just west of the Rock Hill community. A search of the area was conducted for the next several hours using the Sheriff’s Office off-road UTV, tracking dogs and a law enforcement heat detecting drone with no positive results. The female’s cell phone battery apparently ran down during the 911 call, so no further contact has been established at this time. Officers remained on the scene throughout the night and investigators continue following possible leads this morning. The missing person is identified as Lauren Elizabeth Thompson, who is a white female, approximately 5’5”, 190 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. Lauren is approximately 33 years of age and was last seen wearing dark colored pants/leggings and a dark colored hoodie. If anyone has any information, please contact the Panola County Sheriff’s Office at 903-693-0333.