A search continued this morning after being suspended overnight on Dug Down Mountain in southern Polk County for an 83-year-old woman who hasn’t been seen since Saturday night.
Barbara McCray, who is reported to also have dementia, was last seen on July 31 around 6 p.m. and hasn’t been seen since. A search got underway Sunday afternoon around the Dugdown Road area, but so far no sign has pointed to her whereabouts. Law enforcement on Sunday voiced concerns about the possibility she might have made it as far as Highway 27 South on foot, and then hopped a ride somewhere.
Police, Fire and Emergency Management officials from several agencies gathered at 8 a.m. to begin fanning out across the area in search of McCray again to ensure that she isn’t in the area.
Agencies involved include Georgia Search and Rescue, and Randall’s Adventure & Training Search and Rescue Team, DNR, the Cedartown Police Department, Cedartown Fire and Rescue, Polk County Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Volunteer Fire Department, the Polk County EMA, Haralson County EMA, and Gordon County EMA.
More than 100 volunteers participated in search efforts on Sunday, and the search was suspended overnight due to the terrain and the heat of the day exhausting those involved.
In a press release from the Polk County Police Department late Sunday night, McCray was last seen wearing a pink shirt, gray shorts, and gray Nike tennis shoes.
Thanks were also given for the efforts made by the PCSO, the PCPD, Haralson County Fire, Catoosa County Fire Department’s Search and Rescue, DNR, Georgia State Patrol and Redmond EMS.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of McCray are asked to contact Polk County 911, the Polk County Police at 770-748-3400 and ask for Detective Bowman, or the Detective directly at 678-246-5107.
Check back for more as the search continues though the day.