BELMONT, N.C. -- Searchers returned to the Catawba River near Belmont Monday looking for any trace of Janet Simpson, the Charlotte woman who has been missing for over a week.

The Charlotte Fire Department search boat crisscrossed the river using side-scan sonar that can detect objects under water but failed to find anything.

Simpson's GMC Envoy was found in a parking lot off Parkdale Drive in Belmont last Thursday night. The location is near the river and police used cadaver dogs and bloodhounds to search the woods on the riverbank.

Chief David James of the Belmont Police Department says investigators are still trying to determine how the SUV got to where it was found by an officer on routine patrol.

The SUV was examined for evidence but James says there was nothing found that would indicate foul play.

Everything has turned up negative for trace evidence, James said.

James said investigators have still not determined if Simpson had a connection to Belmont or had met someone who would be familiar with the remote stretch of road where the SUV was found.

He said he is confident if Simpson was alive and on the Belmont side of the river, search teams would have found her.

If she is deceased we want to bring closure to her family if you can ever do that, said James. If she's not we want to make sure that we locate her and find out what the issues are.

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