Search called off for woman who went missing after her child was found alone in vehicle, group says

Texas EquuSearch is calling off the search Monday for a woman who went missing over the weekend.

HOUSTON – Texas EquuSearch is calling off the search Monday for a woman who went missing over the weekend.

The group said her father was contacted by Laura “Lacie” Read. He told the group that she said, via text, that she is all right. Her father said that the search should end, according to the search organization.

The group said she answered questions from her father, via text, that only she would know.

The family of 34-year-old asked the public for help to find her over the weekend.

Read was reported missing after her 1-year-old son, Xayden, was found alone in a vehicle, Texas EquuSearch said. Tim Miller with Texas Equusearch said searchers found her cell phone in Marshall’s on Sunday.

“It’s horrible,” said Read’s father, Randy. “She would not leave him alone. Something has happened. Somebody has forced her into something.”

Houston police said Read was last seen about 7 p.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Smith Street in Midtown.

A representative of Texas EquuSearch said Read’s child was found alone in a vehicle in Midtown, just outside a Dollar Tree.

“She’s just a fabulous, beautiful, smart young lady,” Randy Read said. “Her and her fiance moved to Houston with their son about two years ago.”

This is a developing report. KPRC 2 is working to get more information and will share it as soon as we have it.


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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.

Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.