Titusville police search for missing woman

Lori Lynn Upthegrove, 51, last seen on Sunday; husband arrested

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Titusville police are searching for a missing and endangered woman, whose husband "obstructed (the) investigation" into her disappearance, according to police.

Lori Lynn Upthegrove, 51, of Titusville was reported missing Tuesday, but she was last seen Sunday at her home on Cleveland Street, police said in a news release that was issued Thursday.

According to a Titusville police report, Timothy Upthegrove was arrested Wednesday on a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.

Police said an officer investigating Lori Upthegrove's disappearance located Timothy Upthegrove at a Days Inn on Cheney Highway. He was driving his wife's vehicle, a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo, police said.

Timothy Upthegrove said his wife drove away from their home Monday morning, and he later found her vehicle Tuesday abandoned in front of a store, according to a police report. 

Timothy Upthegrove later said that he "needed to come clean" and said his wife threw her car keys at him on Monday and he's had the vehicle ever since, according to police.

Timothy Upthegrove.
Timothy Upthegrove.

"Based on this information, the investigation had to re-shift priority regarding finding why the vehicle had been abandoned and in doing so obstructed our investigation," the officer wrote in a police report.

Timothy Upthegrove was arrested and booked into jail.

Lori Upthegrove was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen by family members, according to police.

No other details have been released.

Anyone with information about Lori Upthegrove's whereabouts is asked to call the Titusville Police Department at 321-264-3972 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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