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Missing 93-year-old woman found dead after crash


An elderly Mtn. View woman who was the subject of a missing and endangered person advisory has died in a crash near the U.S. 60/63 interchange at Willow Springs.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Effie M. Holden, 93, was driving east in her 2010 Toyota Corolla when it ran off the left side of the road, hitting a road sign and a tree.

The exact time of the accident was not known, but entered into reports as 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, according to officials with Troop G of the patrol, headquartered in Willow Springs.

Holden was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday by Howell County Deputy Coroner Michael Pauly.

At about 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the Mtn. View Police Department notified the media that the search for Holden had been called off.

She was reported missing after she failed to arrive at an appointment on Monday and had last been seen around noon Monday at Town & Country grocery store in Willow Springs, according to the Mtn. View Police Department.

Her death is the 25th traffic fatality reported for 2023 in the nine-county Troop G area, compared to 18 at this time last year.