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Search underway for missing Lake Forest mother

Banu Authorities in Orange County launched a search Thursday for a Lake Forest woman who went missing after she said she was going to the store.

The hunt for Salma Husna Banu started at 6 a.m. Thursday at Melinda Road and Altisima, “a wooded wilderness park area” in Rancho Santa Margarita, said Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Joseph McClintock.

About a dozen people from the sheriff's search and rescue team were involved in the search, he said.

Banu, 40, known as "Polly," was last seen dropping her children off at home between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday. She said she was going to the store. She was driving a green four-door Ford Excursion, which was found in Rancho Santa Margarita.

She is 5-feet-5, 130 pounds and has brown eyes and short brown hair. She was wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at (714) 647-7055.

-- Ann M. Simmons and Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Salma Husna Banu. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

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