Car of missing LMU student found in Monroe County

Veronica Machen Casciato (Claiborne County Sheriff's Office)

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – The car of a missing woman was found Wednesday in Monroe County.

Law enforcement found Veronica Machen Casciato’s 2010 white Toyota Corolla on Highway 165 near Eagle Gap.

Capt. Chris White says the car was reported after drivers passed the car two weeks ago and found it in the same place Tuesday night.

Several agencies are searching for Casciato in a nearby forest with the use of K-9’s, a Knox County chopper and others on foot.

Casciato was last seen on April 6 leaving Lincoln Memorial University’s Harrogate Campus. She was a student at the university.

Capt. White says it is not unusual for hikers to go missing in the forest.

“We often get lost hikers,” said Capt. White. “They don’t come out when their supposed to because they got lost, twisted a knee or hurt an ankle, it’s common.”

Capt. White says they are looking for evidence in the forest’s difficult terrain.

“We’re looking got foot prints, broken tree limbs, any trash they may have left behind, candy wrappers anything that will lead us down the path that they went down,” said Captain White.

The search could continue into the night.

If anyone has information, call the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office at 423-626-3385.

Related: Vigil held for missing Claiborne County student

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