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Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A massive search for an elderly couple was called off Tuesday afternoon when authorities learned the couple had reached their destination.

Authorities were searching for a silver Ford Taurus with Arkansas plates driven by Benny Brooks, 70. His wife, Viola Brooks, 75, is the passenger.

Sheriff’s investigator Mark Whitten called off the search Tuesday at 1:30 after learning that the couple turned up in Philadelphia, sources familiar with the search said.

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The couple was following their daughter when they exited Interstate 55 at the Como exit, said Panola Chief Deputy Otis Griffin. A tractor-trailer got between the couple and the daughter, he said.