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Mother of three reported missing in Florida
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Forsyth County News

Authorities have asked for the public's help in finding a 44-year-old Forsyth County mother of three who has been missing for nearly two weeks.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff's report, Hope Kay Stern of Browns Bridge Road was last seen Aug. 19 at a Travelodge Hotel in Florida City, Fla.

Stern is described in the report as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. She has red hair and green eyes and was driving a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.

Florida city is in Miami-Dade County near the Everglades National Park.

Stern's fiancé, Jim Glaze, said she left Aug. 5 for the Everglades, where she reportedly had landed a job with the Seminole Indian Reservation.

He said the couple decided to "take a breather" from their relationship before she left, but were still talking. Their last conversation was a disagreement via online messaging.

"I've always heard that anybody you care for, you should always tell them you love them when you say goodbye, because you never know when it's the last time you'll see them," he said.

Glaze said Stern thought she had a place to stay in Key West, but that didn't work out.

Then, as Hurricane Fay approached, Florida's governor ordered all nonresidents to evacuate the Keys. Glaze said he wired Stern about $340 to help her return.

He said she stopped at the Travelodge to rest before resuming the trek back to Georgia. That was his last contact with her.

Graves said a hotel employee told him she didn't leave anything in her room, but she didn't check out and her vehicle was gone.

Stern has three daughters ages 19, 17 and 16. Glaze said she has not contacted them or her mother.

Capt. Frank Huggins, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the investigation is in the hands of the Florida City Police Department.

Florida City Officer Robert Green said he spoke with Glaze on Tuesday.

"I told him we're going to do whatever we can to help out, but ... where she went from [Florida City] I don't know," Green said.

"He said he wired her money, and the only proof that we have that she was here is if we go to the Travelodge and see it on tape, and then we go from there. But as of right now, we didn't do a report."

Green said Stern's information has been given to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's missing persons database.

Green said authorities will notify the hotel and see if they have any information about Stern.