Search continues for missing woman

Published 8:47 pm Sunday, November 12, 2017

Authorities are still searching for a missing 75-year-old Troup County woman, who hasn’t been seen since Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Stewart Smith with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office said Carol Evans, who suffers from an “altered mental state,” was inside her home on Lower Lovelace Road in West Point when her husband went to cut grass Friday around 2 p.m. When her husband returned, she was no longer there.

“We believe she left the house on foot and got disoriented and was not able to make it back to the house,” Smith said.

Officers with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Friday and have been looking for Evans ever since.

“We’ve been [looking] on the ground today,” said Smith Sunday. “We ran the K-9s for a little while. We didn’t utilize any air assets today. We’ve just been focusing on ground searching with ATVs and boots on the ground.”

On Friday and Saturday, a helicopter and drones were used to aid in the search. Many volunteers also played a part and spent the majority of their weekend looking through nearby woods.

The only stoppages in the search were at nightfall both Saturday and Sunday night.

Smith said nearby cities have been notified, just in case someone gave Evans a ride. No foul play is suspected, Smith said.

“We’ve also notified nearby medical facilities, just to make sure she didn’t make it there,” Smith said. “We notified West Georgia Medical, we talked to Lanett, we talked to Newnan, Columbus just to make them aware as well.”

On Monday morning, the search will resume with specialized K-9 teams. The sheriff’s office is not asking for any volunteers to participate in Monday’s search, since it could hamper the use of the K-9s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911.