Edwards woman missing since Saturday | VailDaily.com

Edwards woman missing since Saturday

Dustin Racioppi
Eagle County, CO Colorado
Eagle County Sheriff's OfficeBrenda Sue Porter

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Brenda Sue Porter didn’t leave many clues when she was reported missing on Valentine’s Day, but the few that have surfaced in the last day raise even more suspicion related to sudden disappearance of the Edwards, Colorado woman.

Sheriff’s deputies are still looking for more information ” and are asking for the help of the public ” on where the 45-year-old Edwards resident could be.

The sheriff’s office says the last time Porter was heard from was around 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. It was a chilling 911 call ripped from a movie, when Porter was heard saying, “No, no, don’t take me,” and the phone line then disconnected.

However, Porter’s family offers different clues that could provide hope that the 911 call wasn’t a grim premonition.

Her father, Joseph Porter, of Milan, Mich. said he received a voice message from his daughter on Feb. 14.

“She left a short message ” ‘I’m all right,'” Porter, 73, said. “That’s all.”

Porter said his daughter moved to Colorado nearly 20 years ago from her hometown of Milan, which is about 20 miles south of Ann Arbor.

She moved to Edwards several years ago and began working at the Denny’s in Avon a little more than a year ago, said the store manager, Raya Poeiute. She added Porter is a reliable and friendly worker.

“She was really good,” Poeiute said. “Anytime she had a problem, she called. This is just something wrong.”

Poeiute said Porter was outgoing with fellow staff, but also didn’t reveal too much about her personal life. All Poeiute really knows is that she had a boyfriend, whom she met for about five minutes last summer.

Porter’s uncle, Dr. Jack Ford, a physician in Colorado Springs, said Brenda Sue called him just the other day “he’s near certain it was Sunday, one day after she made the 911 call. Ford said she told him she left her boyfriend, but didn’t offer any other details.

She left in a rush, he said, and left behind her prescriptions, so she asked Ford to call in to the pharmacy for a refill. Ford said he had to leave a message for the prescription because the pharmacy was closed early, which leads him to believe it was Sunday.

When he called the City Market pharmacy in Avon on Tuesday ” where he called for the prescription ” Ford said Brenda Sue hadn’t picked it up.

“Which is a big concern,” he said.

Deputies have little else to work with to try and find Porter. Spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said a few clues have come in, but they haven’t helped much.

“We don’t have a lot now and we didn’t have a lot at the time,” Cordingly said. “At this point, we’re starting to run out of leads.”

The sheriff’s office has issued a statewide bulletin to be on the lookout for Porter, and Cordingly couldn’t elaborate on the details of the search conducted by the sheriff’s office.

Joseph Porter has his own suspicions, which he admitted are only a shot in the dark. Brenda Sue has a 12-year-old son in Arizona, he said.

“I would say she’s headed toward Arizona, if anything,” Porter said. “I have no idea.”

The lack of answers is straining Brenda Sue’s family, Porter said. She struggles with depression and also has a history of drinking problems, he said.

“It’s a worry,” Porter said.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 328-8500, Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS or submit online at tipsubmit.com.

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