Search continues for woman missing since early December


THOMASVILLE — Reported sightings of a Thomas County woman missing since early December have not panned out.

Sightings have been reported from Meigs to Cocoa Beach, Florida, but none of the individuals thought to be the missing Marlena Hurst turned out to be the woman.

Thomas County Sheriff's Office investigators have talked to people who thought they saw Hurst and viewed video from a store in another city where she was thought to have been — all to no avail.

The 44-year-old woman lived in a camper on family property on Stage Road.

"She left her phone at the residence, and no one has seen her," said Capt. Tim Watkins, sheriff's office chief investigator.

No indications of foul play has been discovered in the disappearance.

Watkins said Hurst has left home home before and not been in touch with her family, but never for this length of time.

Hurst is described as 5-foot-6, weighing 153 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone knowing the missing woman's whereabouts should called sheriff's office dispatch at (229) 225-3333 or 911.

"We're just trying to be sure she is OK, and the family knows she is OK," Watkins said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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