Elderly woman still missing six months after son commits suicide

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) -  Police are still looking for Mary Buckley, 77, after they discovered her son committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree last spring. Hikers found Gary Buckley, 51, at Ecopark in St. Charles.  Police went to notify his mother on April 21st. That is when they discovered that Buckley was missing. She has been missing for six months.

Investigators discovered Mary Buckley’s 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe was missing from her condo. Police issued a silver alert the next day. She is in poor health and has Alzheimer’s disease. Her son had been her caretaker for the past several years.

A tip from a train conductor led police to find her car on the east side of the Missouri river, in a wooded area just south of the Highway 370 bridge. It was about a half-mile from Ecopark.

Police found two apparent suicide notes. There was one in the car and the other was a message carved into a piece of wood. It was discovered near the base of the tree from which Gary Buckley hanged himself.

St. Charles police say Gary Buckley had been spotted on several occasions living in Ecopark. At other times, he lived with his mother.

If Buckley is still alive, she needs medical care because she needs bottled oxygen to breathe.

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