Search underway in Missouri for missing 36-year-old mother

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RICH HILL, Mo. (AP/KAKE) -

Dive teams, boats, drones and police dogs are searching in Missouri for a missing mother.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that 36-year-old Nicole Mallatt was last seen or heard from on Nov. 26. According to KMBC, authorities recovered Mallatt’s phone, backpack and a pair of shoes during their search on Thursday.

KCTV reports that Mallatt texted one of her daughters last Tuesday saying she was leaving for a few hours, but she never came back.

Her aunt, Linda Diveley Mallatt, said she is convinced something happened after Mallatt didn’t call her children on Thanksgiving.

“We’re concerned about her whereabouts,” Sheriff Chad Anderson told KMBC, while adding that there are no signs yet that a crime has happened.

The search has focused on about 250 acres of farmland around her home and water on the property.

Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement.

Bates County is the next county east of Linn County, Kansas. 

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