MISSING: Vickie Ellington
January 31, 2011 | Kosciusko, Mississippi | Vetting explained Posted by:
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iReport — Attala Fitness owner Vickie Ellington has been missing since Thursday, January 27. Her vehicle was found by friends at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Louisville, MS about 1 p.m. Thursday. She was last seen Thursday morning in Kosciusko, MS. One friend tells that a text message from Ellington said she had planned to meet someone in Louisville.
A surveillance video from the Wal-Mart parking lot in Louisville Ellington leaving her SUV and walking north toward McDonald’s. She did not return to her vehicle and did not enter Wal-Mart.
Sources close to the investigation have confirmed that interviews have been going on on a nearly round-the-clock basis. Those sources also said Ellington's vehicle was being processed for evidence by investigators.
Ellington’s electronics had been searched for clues and that investigators, along with Louisville police and Winston County deputies had canvassed the area where she was last seen. About 15 to 20 people had been interviewed by deputies and investigators with the Miss. Bureau of Investigation.
Friends say Ellington’s purse was left behind at home but she had taken her wallet and keys and she does not answer her cell phone.
Ellington is a 53-year-old white female with short light brown or blonde hair.
She has a grandson who was in her care. He is being cared for.
Family and friends of Attala Fitness owner Vickie Ellington met Saturday for a prayer vigil at Red Bud Springs Park in Kosciusko. Prayers were offered for her safe return. Family members asked the public not to believe the many rumors floating around. Ellington's sister, Peggy Clark, said she is refraining from any speculation as to what might have happened.
January 31 UPDATE:
Attala County authorities were gearing up for a ground search Tuesday in the disappearance of Attala Fitness owner Vickie Ellington. Sheriff William Lee says that the search will likely be a slow one. He said Monday afternoon that Tuesday’s search would be to “eliminate the area around her place”.
February 1 UPDATE:
Attala County authorities say they are finished with a ground search at the home of Vickie Ellington. Sheriff William Lee says the search was complete Tuesday and turned up no new evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call Attala County authorities at 289-5556.http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-547467?ref=feeds%2Flatest