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Details still lacking about Metter rescue
Woman remains hospitalized

Candler County sheriff's investigators still do not know details surrounding a man and woman who were rescued Friday from dense woodlands near Griffin Ferry Road.

Capt. Justin Wells said the woman, Jaquisha Mincey, 25, remains in the hospital, being treated for injuries and other health conditions after having spent possibly four days in the sweltering heat, exposed to the elements. Mincey was reported missing July 10 and had not been seen since July 8, reports stated.

Monday, Wells said Investigator Melvin Ivey had been unable to interview Mincey because she was still hospitalized and thus does not yet know how or why she was in the woods. Wells said Friday he has not ruled out foul play.

There is still no information on the man found with Mincey, he said. 

"We are still investigating if this incident involved any criminal violations," he said. "I am not aware of his condition or if he is still in the hospital."

He said he is waiting on Ivey to learn further details regarding the ongoing investigation.

Mincey had last been seen in Statesboro, he said. She and the yet-unidentified man were rescued from a densely forested area about a mile off Griffin Ferry Road.  Officers and others had been searching the area since the person who reported Mincey missing "pinpointed" her phone in the area of Cool Springs Church Road. Deputies searched the area and found no one but continued looking into the next day, Wells said.

Around 8 a.m. Friday, days after Mincey went missing, "a group of deputies, jailers and another citizen began searching for Mincey in a heavily wooded area located between Cool Springs Church Road and Griffin Ferry Road," he said. Two hours later, "deputies heard two people yelling out from deep within the wooded area.  An extensive ground and air search was conducted."

Mincey and the unidentified man were located in "an extremely dense wooded area" and "had to be extracted by the search and rescue team. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment," he said.   

The search and rescue was very difficult with the density of the woods paired with oppressive heat and humidity, Candler County Sheriff John Miles said.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Candler County Sheriff's Office at (912) 685-2368.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414. 

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