Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department involved in search for missing Texas woman


On Monday, May 21 the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office received information of a missing person out of Texas. The individual could possibly be, or has been, in Mitchell County.

The missing person pictured is Joanie Phillips. She was known to be driving a white 2017 Hyundai Veloster with Texas license plate KGN3948.

Phillips’ cell phone is pinging off the cell phone tower in the area of T and 140 Road which is in southwest Mitchell County north of Hunter and southeast of Tipton. The ping is stating the phone is 10.6 miles east northeast of this tower. Law Enforcement has checked the area by aircraft and patrol vehicles. It is also possible she has lost or disposed of her cell phone.

According to a post on social media from the Mitchell County Sheriff, the individual is not believed to be dangerous. She is a missing person who is believed to be off of needed medication. If anyone sees this vehicle or Phillips contact the Sheriff’s Office at 738-3523.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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