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PBC authorities searching for missing bingo player

By Al Pefley email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The search is on for a missing mother from Pahokee.

She left her home Sunday and drove about 40 miles to Bingo Magic in suburban West Palm Beach. She got there, and, according to employees, played bingo. But no one knows what happened next.

A sheriff's detective says they have a couple of leads, but are still unsure about what happened to 40-year-old Ocie Mae Saulberry.

She was last seen two days ago, Monday March 9 at Bingo Magic on Congress Avenue in suburban West Palm Beach.

Late Wednesday afternoon sheriff's detectives were at the bingo parlor looking at surveillance video. They say the video shows Saulberry playing bingo and then leaving the bingo hall, by herself. The video needs to be enhanced before they can release it to the news media.

They say Ocie Mae Saulberry was at Bingo Magic from 5:30 p.m. Sunday, until about 2:30 a.m. Monday. She did not win any cash, so this is not a case where a woman left with a lot of money that would've made her a target. In fact, the bingo hall has a policy that if someone wins a large amount of cash, they are instructed to return another day to collect their winnings.

A friend of the missing woman says Saulberry, a mother of four who lost her job recently as a waitress, is not the type who would just disappear and not tell anyone.

"I feel like someone done got her and is holding her hostage or whatever. There's no sign of the vehicle that she was in. I was here yesterday lookin' for her and I couldn't find no kind of clue or evidence or nothin' and I'm afraid," said Barbara Washington, a friend of the missing woman.  A sheriff's detective told me they have no indication if this is a case of foul play or not.

Det. Ada Tyz says the sheriff's office searched canals between West Palm Beach and Pahokee by helicopter this morning,  looking for her car, a white 1992 Buick Lesabre.  But found nothing.

They gave us the license number of the missing woman's car: I04-8NR.

They say they have issued a nationwide alert for Saulberry and her car.

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