UPDATE: Searchers gather for missing 21-year-old Leesburg woman

Updated: Mar. 6, 2020 at 11:53 AM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - On Friday, people from all around Southwest Georgia came together to search for missing 21-year-old Jessica Diane Dietzel, who’s been missing almost two weeks.

The search group searched around the Flint River in hopes of finding Dietzel and passed out missing flyers with Jessica’s photo.

Kristina Johnson, Jessica’s mother says seeing the community’s support today is giving her hope that they will find her daughter.

Last week, the Albany Police Department (APD) and Lee County Sheriff’s Office issued a missing person report for 21-year-old Jessica Diane Dietzel, who lives on Creekside Drive in Leesburg.

Around 3:30 last Sunday afternoon, APD responded to a home on Allen Avenue in Albany, where a family member told officers that Dietzel had been missing for almost two weeks.

On Tuesday, Albany investigators said they received third-party information that Dietzel willingly got into a newer model, dark-colored, Ford Taurus.

The person reporting the information said they saw this at the Luxury Inn Hotel between noon and 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Dietzel’s family said the last time they saw her was in mid-February.

Lee County Sheriff's Office says her mother reached out to them about her daughter's disappearance, early yesterday morning.

Lee County Chief Deputy Lewis Harris said that whenever someone is missing for more than a week, they fear he or she may be in harm’s way.

APD was told that Dietzel sometimes visits a person who lives in a tent near Radium Springs Road, so officers went to that location and interviewed a man they found there, but did not see any evidence of Dietzel.

Area hospitals have no one by her name listed as a patient. The Dougherty County Jail also did not have her listed as in custody.

She also goes by Jessica Vanzant.

Anyone with any information on Dietzel’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, (229) 759-6012, or the Albany Area Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS.

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