Family Members Search for Missing Woman Who Disappeared in New Mexico Mountains

Ingrid Coleen Lane has not been seen since Oct. 15, authorities said

<p>Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office</p> 37-year-old Ingrid Coleen Lane

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office

37-year-old Ingrid Coleen Lane

New Mexico authorities are searching for a 37-year-old woman who they say disappeared in a remote area of the state last month.

Albuquerque resident Ingrid Coleen Lane went to the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez Springs for a meditation retreat, ABC affiliate KOAT-TV, NBC affiliate KOB and The Sacramento Bee reported. She has not been seen since Sunday, Oct. 15.

"She left the house very early in the morning, around five, 5:30 a.m.,” Louis Scuderi, Lane's husband, told KOAT-TV, explaining that Lane has been to the area many times before “and even stayed over there the week before for convenience because she works up in Los Alamos every once in a while.”

Later in the week, on Oct. 18, Scuderi filed a missing persons report, he told the station. The next day, KOAT-TV and the Bee report that her Subaru Impreza — with a broken rear window — was found abandoned along Forest Road 144, between Jemez Springs and Los Alamos.

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Friends and family — including twin sister Kelsey and their mother, Rebecca — haven’t heard from Lane since the previous Friday, when the former spoke to her sister on the phone.

"We had this great conversation. She was talking about her plans for the future," Kelsey recalled to KOAT-TV.

“It's a mystery that keeps deepening," Scuderi told the station.

In a statement obtained by KOAT-TV, New Mexico State Police said that based on "initial enquiries regarding the circumstances," it was believed that Lane's car has been abandoned since Oct. 15.

Results of a canine search "indicated that the subject had probably spent time in the area south and east of the vehicle, but no direction of travel out of the area was detected. The search was suspended Friday night pending further investigation."

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On Saturday, Oct. 21, the police said two hunters "had assisted Ingrid the previous weekend at the vehicle location. They reported that she had declined a ride out of the area and indicated that she planned to hike further up FR 144 to see if she could get a ride further up the road."

The authorities added, "That was the last confirmed sighting."

Representatives with the Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for additional details.

The family has set up a GoFundMe so that they can utilize a helicopter in their own search, since the efforts of multiple agencies have not yet resulted in Lane's return home.

“The local authorities and incredible Search and Rescue teams have tried to find her by many means - dog teams, drones, foot search, and four-wheelers, but to no avail," Lane's sister, Kelsey, wrote. "The authorities are focusing on getting fliers with her face out, hoping someone will have seen her and come forward with more information.”

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"The area is high elevation, forested, remote and beyond cell phone range, but popular with hunters and outdoor recreationists. A local sheriff told me, ‘This is an easy area to get lost in,' " she added.

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Because authorities do not suspect foul play, Lane's mother believes her daughter’s health issues may have come into play.

"She struggled because of her lungs," she told KOAT. "I've said, ‘Please, please take time to just rest and catch up.’ She had to struggle so hard at birth. I don't know if she ever got a chance to learn how to read her body as well as she should and find the rest when it's needed and take time."

Her family members told KOB that Lane also struggles with mental health. But they believe she was making plans for the future.

“I don’t think that she went into the mountains not planning to come back,” her sister said.

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