Horses and riders from Texas Department of Criminal Justice navigated some of the more difficult terrain in a search for a missing Sam Houston Lake Estates woman.

Authorities have called off the search overnight for a missing 64-year-old Sam Houston Lake Estates resident, Sherry Vause.

Vause was last seen by her husband Monday morning at their home at the end of a private road off the main road.

“He went to the doctor yesterday morning and got home about 6ish,” said Pct. 5 Constable David Hunter.

Sherry Vause, 64, is missing from her home in Sam Houston Lake Estates near Tarkington.

Her husband, Sydney Vause Sr., and some friends reportedly searched for Sherry until close to dusk when they called the sheriff’s office to report her disappearance. As it was nightfall, and the terrain in the area is treacherous with the Trinity River just 200 yards from her house, authorities could not search for her until morning.

“We got a call again this morning from him to say she was still missing,” Hunter said.

According to the constable, Vause has medical issues that should have prevented her from traveling far from home. He says she recently had a hip replacement.

Hunter is familiar with the Vauses, having rescued them during Hurricane Harvey when the Trinity River was out of its banks and water was 12 feet deep around their house.

Teams are expected to return to Sam Houston Lake Estates Wednesday morning to pick up the search.

Texas EquuSearch also is expected to assist Wednesday, Hunter said.

Agencies involved in the search Tuesday were Tarkington, HWY 321, North Liberty County and Hardin fire departments; Texas Ranger Brandon Bess; Texas DPS Sgt. Rob Willoughby and other state troopers; Liberty County Sheriff’s Office; and Liberty County Hazmat.

By Vanesa Brashier,

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