Tips spur hope in search for Plano woman




Posted on June 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 24 at 11:20 PM

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PLANO — Police, volunteers and family members completed two full days of fruitless searching for Janice Klein Sunday evening.

The 47-year-old wife and mother vanished on Friday afternoon after telling her daughter she was going to sit in the backyard of their home in the 4500 block of Salerno Circle.

Two tips raised the hopes of search teams on Sunday evening when it was reported that a person matching Klein's description was seen in North Dallas, about five miles south of her home.

The area bordered by Hillcrest Road on the west, Frankford Road to the north, Coit Road to the east and McCallum Boulevard to the south was canvassed, but she was not found.

More than 600 people joined the search Sunday from a command post set up at Daffron Elementary School, including Klein's husband and children.

"When you look over and see one of the children out, they're right there with everybody else," said family spokesman Paul Harrison. "They want her more than anybody."

Police worry that Klein might have become disoriented because she had been struggling with headaches and stomach pain.

Volunteers thoroughly checked the area around Klein's home and also revisited the Williams-Sonoma store at Park Boulevard and Preston Road, where a manager told police a woman matching the missing woman's description entered the store on Friday afternoon.

Police also received another tip from someone who thought they might have seen Klein near the corner of Preston Road and Charles Place, 1.3 miles north of the Williams-Sonoma store and before she was seen at that establishment.

Investigators are also checking Klein's cell phone and computer for any possible clues. Hospitals and shelters are also being monitored.

Plano police spokesman Andrae Smith said concern is growing for Klein's welfare. "It's well over 100 degrees if I'm not mistaken, and with the amount of time that she's been missing, it's crucial.. It's critical that we locate her," he said.

Volunteers were asked to assemble at Daffron Elementary at 8 a.m. Monday for a third day of searching.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Plano Police Department at 972-424-5678 or call your local police agency.