Police closed the case Tuesday on a Franklin County woman who went missing earlier this month.

Becky Richardson Cannon Vaughn, 40, was reported missing by family members July 8 after she left her home in Miramiguoa Park off Highway 185 just south of Sullivan.

Vaughn sent word via a letter Saturday to her family that she “chose to start a new life,” Miramigoua Police Chief Kevin Dziemja told The Missourian Thursday.

The letter came from somewhere in Virginia, Dziemja said, and was verified by her family as being authentic.

“There were things in there that only Vaughn and her family would know about,” Dziemja said.

Police said Vaughn caught a ride four miles to the Flying J truck stop along Interstate 44 in Sullivan where an employee was able to verify that she had been inside the store. However,  surveillance cameras at the Flying J were unable to catch who she left with or when she left.

Vaughn’s credit card was used on July 11 in Brazil, Ind., and authorities were unsure at the time if it had been stolen.

Dziemja said family members were upset about Vaughn’s decision to leave, but they weren’t surprised.