Although it has been nearly a week since her disappearance, local emergency agencies continued searching Friday for 83-year-old North Bryan resident Emma Carroll, who suffers from dementia.
Bryan County Emergency Services Director Jim Anderson said Carroll was last seen the evening of Saturday, July 18 at her home on Caroll Crossing Road in Groveland, near Hwy. 280 and the Evans County line. He said foul play is not suspected and she is believed to have wandered off from her residence.
Anderson said no leads have been discovered, "but I can tell you where she’s not."
He said an area of three square miles around the Carroll home has been closely searched. He said there were still about 50 people continuing to search the area, "and we plan to continue on through at least Sunday. We’ll reevaluate at that point."
"We’re still hopeful," said Alethia Carroll, the missing woman’s daughter. "We’re feeling like somebody picked her up in an automobile. Maybe she made it out there to 280. We’re just guessing though because we don’t have any facts right now."
Alethia Carroll said some volunteers are taking the search further toward Claxton as well as Pembroke, and dogs are still being used. She also said flyers are being distributed throughout the area.
Carroll was last seen in a blue dress with a large white collar and a white flower pattern on it. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and 170 pounds.
Anyone with any information on Carroll’s whereabouts is urged to call 911. Anyone interesting in volunteering for the search can call Jim Anderson at 858-2799.