(Spalding Co. Sheriff's Office)
GRIFFIN, GA - Authorities in Spalding County are asking the public for help finding a woman who has been missing for nearly 11 months.
The request for help comes after extensive searches and help from the Alzheimer's Association, the GBI and FBI. Gloria Jean Brownlee, 57, was reported missing from her home on Wilti Road in Locust Grove in Spalding County on July 4, 2012.
"She disappeared literally without a trace," said Brownlee's cousin Mary Elizabeth Stephens.
Stephens said Brownlee moved into her sister's Locust Grove home about two weeks before she disappeared. She had spent the last year in a nursing home. Eula Richmond said her sister was heavily sedated when she disappeared.
"Because she was sick, because of her physical and mental condition it's been even more of a concern and issue for the family because she's not capable of taking care of herself," Stephens said.
Brownlee apparently walked out of the rural Spalding County home while relatives went to a convenience store July 4th. They were gone about twenty minutes and when they came home, Brownlee was gone.
Spalding County Deputies scoured the woods surrounding the home for days, using search and rescue dogs. They also conducted a search from a helicopter and dragged a pond behind the home. They came up with nothing.
The Sheriff's Office obtained additional assistance from the Alzheimer's Association in making phone calls within a 25-mile radius.
Stephens and Richmond believe Brownlee was abducted because the searches were fruitless. "Somebody knows something," Stephens said. "Somebody knows where she is and if they do, just please release her to her family."
Brownlee is described as about 5-feet-5-inches tall, 170 pounds with short black hair. She was last seen wearing an orange shirt with black pants and had curlers in her hair.
Anyone with any information about Brownlee or her whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or contact Sgt. Sheryl Brown with the Spalding County Sheriff's Office at 770-467-4282.
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