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Authorities near Santa Fe, New Mexico are continuing their search for Audrey Kaplan, the wife of a UT Southwestern Medical Center professor.

The 75-year-old has been missing since Wednesday morning when, state police said, she went out searching for mushrooms with her husband, Dr. Norman Kaplan, in the Santa Fe National Forest.

She disappeared after deciding to go a little further on the Windsor Trail on her own.

Sgt. Damyan Brown with the New Mexico Deprtment of Public Safety told News 8 on Saturday that overnight rain complicated search efforts, likely washing away any tracks left behind by Kaplan's hiking boots and walking poles.

He said, however, that about 80 searchers continued looking for her by foot, horeseback and helicopter on Saturday.

Kaplan was described as an avid hiker and mushroom-hunter. Friends who have hiked with Kaplan called her 'strong-willed,' 'independent' and 'self-sufficient.'

'I am sure that the entire UTSW community joins me in hoping and praying for her safe return to her family,' Dr. Daniel Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern Medical Center, said in a statement issued Saturday.

KOAT contributed to this report

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