Carol Daniel

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IOWA (KMOX) – The missing Iowa woman whose car was found near an abandoned home in Wright City has reportedly been found.  The Washington County Sheriffs office in Iowa reports that Sharon Hopf was located safe in Texas today and is safe with her family.

Last week, Iowa authorities said they suspected that Hopf left on her own because she wrote a check to herself for a thousand dollars and cashed it at a local bank two days before she went missing.  Police say she also  deleted many of her emails the day before she was reported missing.  Hopf’s husband reported her missing January 5th when she didn’t show up for work at the furniture store her family owned.

The 45-year-old Crawfordsville, Iowa woman was last seen at an Iowa-area gas station that morning.   Hopf’s white 1999 Chevrolet Lumina was found at a home in the 28500 block of Hwy F near Wright City, authorities said. Police searched the surrounding area but could not find her.

UPDATE:  In a news release Wednesday, from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Special Agent Jeff Uhlmeyer says  their investigation began to focus on what they called, the ”various stresses” that Hopf managed in her day-to-day life.  He says that information led them to believe that her disappearance was one of her own doing.

This morning, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by members of Sharon’s family that they had been contacted by Sharon Hopf shortly after 8am.  Uhlmeyer says Sharon told her family that she was at a business in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The family member’s  told authorities that she seemed to be disoriented.  Sharon’s brother who lives in the Dallas, Texas area drove to the business and located Sharon Hopf.   The Ft. Worth Police Department responded as well and confirmed that Sharon Hopf had been found and  that she did not need medical attention. Uhlmeyer says Hopf was released to the care of her family.

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