Groveland resident Emma Carroll turned 84 Sunday, but it was not a joyous day for her family. Carroll, who has dementia, has been missing since July 18, when she wandered from her home.
Authorities say no clues have been discovered as to her whereabouts, but the family is holding onto hope and continues to pass out flyers throughout southeast Georgia.
"I know a lot of people are saying that my mom is dead and we should close this chapter," Carroll’s daughter Ruby Williams said Monday, which was day 50 since the disappearance of her mother. "It may be a cold trail, but we’re still waiting to hear something."
The family has organized a candlelight vigil to take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at Little Salem Holiness Church on highway 280 in Groveland.
They have also started up a website, www.findingemmacarroll.com, which has news footage and the capability to download a flyer. Williams said all this is an effort to keep her mother in the public eye, in hopes that someone will recognize her in order to bring her home.
A fund has been set up for the search, which is aimed toward collecting enough to both hire a private detective and create a reward. Donations to the Ruby Williams - Emma L. Carroll Missing Person Fund can be made at any Heritage Bank or by mail to P.O. Box 195, Pembroke, GA 31321.
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 information as to the whereabouts of Carroll is encouraged to call 911 or Bryan County Emergency Management Director Jim Anderson at 858-2799.