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Family continues search for missing Long County woman
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Four generations are shown in this 2005 family photograph; Christian Moody, his mother Gail Deloach Moody, Melanie Clark (Moody's mother), Wilma Ray (Moody's grandmother). - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
A mother has faith her daughter will be found.
Melanie Clark and her family still hope for the safe return of Gail Deloach Moody after she was reported missing Dec. 4.
"God will take care of this," Clark said.
Though she currently lives in Florida, Clark is a native of Liberty County.
She was recently back to visit and help search.
Clark believes if the public knows more about Moody's family, they might pay more attention and offer information leading to her return.
"There were so many people that finally put me and Gail together," Clark said. "They didn't know that she was mine."
Clark said her father, Marcus Ray (Moody's grandfather) was well known in the community, even at one point running for county commission.
Clark and her family have opened a reward account at The Heritage Bank.
The reward is offered to anyone offering information about her disappearance.
"We're trying to get people to see the reward, then maybe someone will come out and say they know something," Clark said.
While it appears Moody has "disappeared in thin air," Clark believes there is an explanation.
"She did not leave on her own accord," she said. "She would never just get up and leave her son. Never."
Christian is Moody's 23-year-old son and lives with Clark in Florida while going to college.
Marcy Raiford is Moody's aunt and is working with her sister to get the word that Moody is still missing.
"A lot of people think because it's not in the news or anything that she's been found," she explained.
So far, there have been no leads in the search, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mike McDaniel.
He said the GBI is still working on the Moody case, along with similar missing persons cases.  
"Unfortunately we have seen an increase in cases like this over the last few years, statewide and also nationwide," McDaniel said.
He explained family and friends usually report the person has "vanished," seemingly with no trace of their whereabouts.
"But you know that they just didn't leave," McDaniel said.
He and the investigation team delve into the missing person's background and contacts to lead to a reasonable explanation.
"We try to gather as much information as possible and go from there," McDaniel explained. "We try to take all precautions."
He said the investigation will continue "until the person is found or an arrest is made."
"On missing persons cases and unsolved homicides, they stay open until they're solved," he said.
McDaniel explained how the GBI is still working on some cases that date to the 1980s. Their determination to break these cases comes in part from a desire to give the families involved closure, according to McDaniel.
Moody's family has not given up hope.
"We think about her all the time," Clark said.
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