A Candler County woman remains missing, and the last woman to see her before she disappeared is concerned for her safety.
Tammy Lorraine Newton, 48, has not been seen since April 19, Candler County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Melvin Ivey said. The search for information regarding her whereabouts continues, he said Monday.
Cathy Pruitt said she is the one who initially filed a missing persons report after Newton, her friend, never showed up at her mother’s after leaving Pruitt’s house in Emanuel County, close to the Candler County line.
“She left a note with her aunt saying she was going to her mother’s (in Louisville, Ga.) for the weekend and she would see her Monday,” Pruitt said.
But Newton never arrived at her mother’s home. She left a voice mail with her mother, however, Pruitt said. “She said, ‘I understand you’ve done all you can do for me, and I love you.’”
Newton “showed up at my house (April 19) for no reason at all,” she said. “It is the first time I have seen her in two or three years.” After a visit, Newton left around “1:30 or 2 p.m.,” she said.
Newton could have headed toward either Candler or Toombs county, said Pruitt, who lives on Griffin Ferry Road in Emanuel County.
Newton is described as a white female standing 5 feet 3 inches, weighing 130 pounds, with blue eyes and reddish brown hair.
She might be driving a blue 1999 Mercury Tracer with Georgia tag 980XJR and was wearing khaki shorts and a neutral-colored shirt, possibly tan, Pruitt said.
Ivey said Newton reportedly has several friends in Bulloch County, but as of Friday evening had not been able to contact anyone who had information regarding her whereabouts. As of Monday, there was no indication of foul play, he said.
Pruitt is concerned for Newton’s safety, as she has a history of suicidal tendencies. Paired with the message left at her mother’s and a comment she made before leaving Pruitt’s house, she feels Newton may harm herself.
“She said, ‘OK … I’ve got to go. I’ve got to face my demons sometimes,” Pruitt said.
Newton had with her a “notebook with her financial records,” Pruitt said.
Ivey said Newton’s disappearance has been logged into the Georgia Crime Information System and that law enforcement agencies in Emanuel and surrounding counties are aware of the search.
Anyone with information regarding Newton’s whereabouts is asked to contact Ivey at the Candler County Sheriff's Office at (912) 685-2568.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.