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Search on for missing woman
Police: Hinesville resident missed work, hasn't been seen since
Savannah Smith
Savannah Smith, 22 was last seen on June 8, reportedly leaving her boyfriend’s Blair Court residence. Co- workers filed a missing person’s report just three days later as family and friends frantically search for her whereabouts. Anyone with information should call 9-1-1 or the Hinesville Police Department at 368-8211. - photo by Photo provided.
It’s not like Savannah Smith to be late for work. It’s even more unlike the 22-year-old Hinesville resident to miss a day altogether.So when the young woman never clocked in Thursday for her shift at Colleseum, Smith’s friends and co-workers said they knew something was amiss. Now the Hinesville Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in searching for the missing woman.Smith’s mother, Odessa Upchurch, told WTOC reporters she last saw her daughter May 22 at her son’s graduation ceremony.  Around that same time, Upchurch said, Smith told her mother her cell phone was no longer working.According to Colleseum manager Jodee Carlen, Smith started working at the Hinesville eatery on Highway 84 in mid-November.She described Smith as easy going and an excellent worker.“She never missed a shift,” Carlen said. “She was never late. If she was going to be a minute late, she would be calling in here. This is not typical of her whatsoever.”After Smith failed to show up for work, Carlen’s staff called the Hinesville Police Department and filed a missing person’s report.  “It was our employees who hit the streets and put up the fliers,” Carlen said. “They made all the fliers, walked the streets and burned their gas in an effort to find her. They’ve done it all.”According to HPD Det. Maj. Thomas Cribbs, the police are actively pursuing all leads in their search for Smith.According to the initial police report, Smith was with her boyfriend Maurice Newsome on June 8. The couple and Newsome’s sister were at his Blair Court residence. Newsome’s sister name was not available.Hinesville Public Relations Manager Krystal Britton confirmed reports that Newsome told HPD Officer Richard Boucher the two had a verbal argument the evening of June 8. Britton said Newsome told police he was sleeping when his sister saw Smith leave the house and walk down Blair Court. According to the police report, she was last seen wearing a pink blouse and blue jeans.Britton said nothing had been reported to indicate Smith suffers from any type of medical ailment that could have left her incapacitated. The city spokeswoman also said those who know Smith are adamant her disappearance is not typical behavior.“She does not have a pattern of leaving and not contacting anyone and that is why her friends became more concerned,” Britton said. “Detective Cribbs has been out in the field trying to conduct more interviews. He has spoken to her mother and friends.”“We want her back safe,” Carlen said.The flier describes Smith as being between 4-feet, 11-inches to 5-feet, 2-inches tall. She is weighs between 105-120 pounds. She has black hair with light colored braids and has tattoos on her back and ankle.Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts should call 9-1-1 or the HPD office at 368-8211.
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