Thursday, October 2, 2014

Folkston woman subject of 2-day search found in apparent good health, GBI says

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is continuing to look into the whereabouts of Folkston woman over a two-day period when she was the object of a massive search.

Tasheka Maria Campbell, who had last been seen about 10:45 a.m. Monday, walked up to a man’s house off Homeland Park Road north of Folkston about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, said Mike McDaniel, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Kingsland office. Campbell reappeared two days after her car was found abandoned beside the road with a wheel bent from having struck a culvert, he said.

All agents have been told so far is that Campbell had been in the wooded area close to where her car was found, McDaniel said.

“For having been out in the elements 48 hours, she appeared to be in good condition,’’ he said. “All I can tell you is we’re continuing to investigate.”

The GBI began looking for Campbell Tuesday at the request of the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office and put out a public notice for information on her whereabouts.

Meanwhile, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office tried to find her with tracking dogs, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter crew searched overhead for two days and there were patrols on foot and on all terrain vehicles that covered about 30 acres around where the car was found, McDaniel said.

“We conducted a grid search,’’ McDaniel said.

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office, Brantley County Emergency Management Agency, Georgia State Patrol, Folkston police, Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers, U.S. Marshals Service, Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia probation officers and others looked and found no clue that led to Campbell, McDaniel said.

McDaniel said he was very grateful that Campbell was found alive in apparent good health.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405

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