Metro-East News

St. Libory woman reported missing has contacted family members

A woman who went missing from St. Libory on Thursday night was reported as being in touch with family members as of Friday afternoon.

Crystal Copple, 26, was reported missing by a friend around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, said Capt. Bruce Fleshren of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.

After the report was called in, officers searched for her through locating her cell phone, once at 1:20 a.m. and again at 4 a.m., Fleshren said, but though her phone pinged to Marissa, officials still were unable to find it or Copple.

The department also searched for Copple on Friday during the day, but her phone was turned off and not sending a signal, Fleshren said. Copple has gone missing before, he added.

By Friday afternoon, she had contacted her husband and several family members to say she was coming home, Fleshren said. As of Friday at 3:45 p.m., the department was waiting for her call so she could be considered found.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel