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Search continues for missing grandmother

ALBANY -- Police are still searching for Marie Harper Wright, 51, who was reported missing Friday night, Albany Police Department officials said.

Wright is described as a black female, 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighing about 140 pounds. She was last seen driving a white 1997 Pontiac Grand Am.

According to APD spokesperson Phyllis Banks, Wright was reported missing by family members Friday about 11:30 p.m.

Banks said Wright picked up her granddaughter Tamira Collins, 3, from Tift Avenue Head Start Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. but never returned home with the child.

LaShonna Lawson, Collins' mother, reported the child missing Friday evening when Wright failed to drop off Collins at Lawson's home.

Banks said around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, a family member recognized Wright while she was parked at a stop sign.

"They (Wright and Collins) were stopped at a stop sign on South Harding and she (the family member) made a U-turn and followed the car," she said.

Banks said the family member was able to flag down Wright and get Collins out of the vehicle. After the child was in custody of the family member, Wright left the scene.

"The child was fine," she said. "EMS checked her out and found no issues or problems."

Banks said police have no further updates regarding the missing grandmother. "She (Wright) and the vehicle she was driving remain in our system as missing," she said.

Banks said no charges have been filed against Wright at this time.

Anyone who has seen Wright is encouraged to call the Albany Police Department at (229) 421-2100 or CrimeStoppers at (229) 436-TIPS.