Family, friends and the Texas Equusearch organization reported Saturday afternoon that missing Bellaire Realtor Violet Mackrizz has been found unconscious in the backseat of her car in Lake Charles, La., where she is now hospitalized.
The news came in a Facebook post from her son, Ed Mackrizz, and traveled fast on social media, generating a combination of relief and concern about her condition and the circumstances of her disappearance Thursday.
Mackrizz, 59 and a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bellaire, hadn’t been seen since she left her Tomball-area home for work Thursday morning, reportedly messaging her live-in boyfriend later in the day that she would be late coming home. When she didn’t appear and didn’t answer her phone, he and her brother, Juan, filed a missing person’s report with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. HCSO issued an alert yesterday with photos and a description of the black Mercedes sedan in which she had last been seen and which had been tracked through a Houston-area toll station.
Her brother said she had also left a puzzling outgoing message on her phone that she was “busy” attending a funeral in San Antonio, which he said was not the case.
In addition to the law enforcement alert, the Houston Association of Realtors issued their own notice about Mackrizz’s disappearance, which was fanned out by fellow Realtors.
“We’re all relieved. It’s unfortunate that it happened, but glad she’s safe,” HAR Chairman John Nugent told KHOU-TV news Saturday at the news of Mackrizz being found. “That’s the power of social media today – we can get the message out so fast.”
Earlier Saturday, her brother had started a Go Fund Me, seeking $50,000 to hire a private investigator, and about $2,500 had been donated when word came that Mackrizz had been found.
Mackrizz had started a new career in real estate earlier this year following retirement after more than 20 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, working in finance for the state prisons’ education system in Huntsville.