Tragic Ending To Search For Missing Woman

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) – Police are calling this death suspicious after Judith Burr, 67, was found dead in a wooded area near her home in Niagara Falls.

More than 100 people gathered on Wednesday to look for Judy. They hoped to find her alive, but only 10 minutes into the search they found what they dreaded, her body.

This raises many questions after police told reporters that they did an extensive search of the area throughout the week after they found Judy’s car abandon in a senior center parking. The center was just yards from Judy’s home and five blocks from where her body was found.

The community also waited six days to conduct a search of their own but by then it was too late. Now, family and friends are mourning the loss of a grandmother, mother and wife.

“Nobody really knows what happened or why she would leave the house we're all just as lost and bewildered as everybody else is,” cousin Melissa Fuller said.

There are also other strange aspects to the case that have police and loved ones stumped. Judy left her purse and cell phone in the car at the senior center, but her keys were gone. Family also said Judy hates the cold and it was unlike her to take a walk, especially in a wooded area.

At this time the investigation is still ongoing as police try to unravel the details in the case. Currently, they are working to find out the cause of death. Again, they are calling it a suspicious death at this time.