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Search resumes for missing Damascus woman

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The mercury neared the triple digits Monday in Early County. As the temperature rises, so does the anxiety of a Damascus family desperately searching for their missing loved one.

"We just want to know We just want know where she ," said Sarah Ricks.

Since Saturday, family members have scoured the woods, fields, and creeks looking for any sign of 79-year-old Doris "Tot" Shorter. She was last seen late Friday night at her home at 6821 Highway 45.

It's believed Shorter, who was Alzheimer's and other health conditions, wandered off.

"Please. We're begging and we want her back," said Ricks.

Ricks is Shorter's niece. She along with several others gathered on a dirt road between two fields in Damascus.

Braving the afternoon heat, they are determined, she says, to find Shorter alive.

"We might give out, but we're not giving up," said Ricks.

About a mile from Shorter's home on Highway 45, law enforcement and firefighters joined in the search again after new clues surfaced late Sunday.

"We've searched about a mile or mile and half radius around the residence. We didn't find anything. But the family came out and noticed a field that we didn't check the other day that possibly had some foot prints in it," said Investigator Tim Hardrick, Early County Sheriff's Office.

And that's what brought crews back out Monday - a sign of hope - footprints in the dirt. Tracks that appear to be left by bedroom slippers possibly made by Shorter who could've wandered through the field.

"She was definitely here," said family friend Answab McCray.

Search dogs followed the footprints, but just like every other sign of hope the trail ends cold with no sign of Shorter.

"It's very frustrating. Very." said McCray.

Now the search area expands a 10 mile radius. With temperatures predicted to reach triple digits over the next two days, it's ground that must be covered quickly

"With the heat and her not being able to have food or water, that's why there is such a rush in finding her and hopefully finding her safe," said Hardrick.

Tuesday morning crews will again gather at 8 o'clock outside Damascus City Hall. From there, they'll re-trace every step Shorter could have traveled around her home.

Volunteers, especially those with ATV's and Horses, are invited to join the search party.

Investigators aren't ruling out the possibility that someone who saw Shorter walking may have picked her up.

She's 5'9 and about 110-pounds. It isn't known what she was last wearing because it's believed she may have changed clothes.

If you've seen her call the Early County Sheriff's Office or 911.

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