WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County woman was found dead Thursday night in her car by a family member in the parking lot of Lowe’s at 2704 Watson Blvd.
No foul play is suspected in the death of 49-year-old Mary Ninette Douglas, of Warner Robins, said Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Dave Carrick.
Richard Douglas, her husband, said he last saw her shortly before 9:30 a.m. when she left in her 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser to drop off her 18-year-old daughter at the Houston County Career Center.
Family members became alarmed when she did not return to pick up her daughter as planned at 11 a.m. He and the daughter reported her missing to the sheriff’s department shortly before 5 p.m.
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About 9 p.m., his wife’s sister spotted her car in Lowe’s parking lot, he said.
“We had been looking for her all day,” Douglas said.
No physical signs of trauma were found on her body, Carrick said.
She had no known medical issues, Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Carrick said.
A visibly distraught Richard Douglas said he doesn’t know what happened to his wife.
He also was upset that the medical examiner was out of town. He said he was told no one else was available to do the autopsy.
“It’s like we have to wait. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday -- four days to find out what happened,” Douglas said.
Dr. James Quincy Whitaker, the county’s medical examiner, could not be reached for comment late Friday afternoon. Galpin also could not be reached for additional comment.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.