Woman was not missing, just wandering
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 18, 2014 | 884 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

News of a woman who was located in a Mississippi town earlier this week has not been reported missing from Bradley County, contrary to that area’s media reports.

Tammy R. King, who allegedly suffers from a mental illness, was reported missing in 2011 but was located, and, according to Capt. David Shoemaker of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, she has a pattern of wandering to different areas of the country.

“Her mother keeps up with her through her bank transactions,” Shoemaker said.

According to media reports by the Sun Herald located in Jackson Co., Miss., King was reportedly found walking a stretch of highway Tuesday.

In 2011, BCSO officials released information about King, who had been reported missing in October of that year. Reports indicated King had not been seen since that June.

King used the surname “Lawson” in the past.

Investigators learned King left her apartment, located on Wildwood Avenue, to go shopping in Dalton, Ga., and was not seen or heard from.

Shoemaker was assigned to the case and located King, notifying her family. Members of her family reportedly told him they had also had contact with King.

According to Mississippi area media reports, King had visited a church during the weekend and church members were able to properly identify her through her debit card.

The reports noted King had provided a number of aliases. She had left the church and Pascagoula Sheriff’s officials were notified.

An area resident saw King walking and reportedly contacted sheriff’s officials who then took her to an area hospital.

According to the reports, members of that church will return King to Cleveland.