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Woman missing two weeks
Worry mounts as search continues
Laurie Marie Sheppa


Anyone with information about Laurie Marie Sheppa’s whereabouts is asked to call Forsyth County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Garrison at (678) 513-5986 or after hours at (770) 781-2222.

Two weeks after her disappearance, the family of a missing Forsyth County woman is growing increasingly concerned.

Laurie Marie Sheppa, 49, was last seen about 11 a.m. Aug. 19, when she apparently walked away from her Goldmine Drive home.

James Drake, Sheppa’s brother-in-law, said her landlord was the last person to see her.

“She’s just disappeared,” Drake said.

Authorities have asked for the public’s help in locating Sheppa, who was last seen wearing a T-shirt, shorts and brown leather sandals.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff's report, Sheppa needs regular medication and her health may be in jeopardy if she is not found.

Drake said Sheppa left her dog, purse, cell phone and diabetes medication at her apartment.

The last number dialed from her phone was to Peachford Hospital in Atlanta, but representatives told him the facility was short term and it was unlikely she was there.

He said he has called other hospitals and mental health facilities in the area, but to no avail.

“Here we are two weeks almost into the investigation of a missing person and we can’t eliminate hospitals or mental health facilities because they can’t tell you whether a person is there or not unless that person wants you to tell them,” Drake said.

He said Sheppa’s few friends have also told the family they haven’t seen her and are concerned.

“We’ve contacted everybody that was in her life,” Drake said.

Sheppa suffers from mental illness, he said, and has disappeared before for two to four days at a time.

In those situations, however, she went to a mental health facility. After some treatment, she would call to make sure her dog was taken care of, he said.

Drake said Sheppa doesn’t drive and the local taxi cab companies with which he has checked have told him they haven’t seen her either.

“I just don’t feel like this is going to end well,” he said.