Parks said she didn’t file a police report right away because Stantley had health issues. When Stantley failed to return, however, she reported the car stolen, WSB-TV reported.
Parks said authorities tracked the car to the recycling plant and, when she called the facility, a plant official told her the car had been crushed.
“I said, ‘How can the car be crushed when I had it on a stolen car report?’” she said.
A representative for the recycling plant said the car had been purchased legally and it wasn’t reported stolen at the time. No title is necessary to sell a car if it is more than 12 years old, WSB-TV reported.