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Car near Cornville may be missing woman’s

PRESCOTT – Authorities may have found the vehicle and the body of a missing Prescott Valley woman in the area of Cornville.

Joanne Tobin, 45, has been missing since July 21.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) received a call around 3 p.m. Thursday of an abandoned vehicle in the dessert in Cornville, YCSO Sgt. Dave Rhodes said.

When a deputy went to check on it, the vehicle matched the description of the one that police believe Tobin has been driving, Rhodes said.

Prescott Valley Police reported previously that Tobin was possibly driving a Silver 1997 Mercury Tracer 4DSD with a possible Arizona license plate of 884-SER or 886-NHV.

PVPD Lt. Laura Molinaro said Thursday that detectives were en route to the location of the vehicle.

Until they return from the scene, she said, she is unable to confirm or deny the information that the vehicle belongs to Tobin.

Rhodes said there also is a woman’s body in the car, but they still have to confirm her identity.

Relatives of the missing woman reported that they last saw Tobin at her home on Needles Drive in Prescott Valley during the early morning hours of July 25. She has not shown up to work since she went missing.

Authorities have said Tobin is a Caucasian woman who stands about 5-foot-5 and weighs about 140 pounds. She has dark brown hair, a little longer than shoulder length, and brown eyes.

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