Kamrie Mitchell is Missing: Her Family Speaks about the Search
SUWANNEE COUNTY - TV 20 was the first to interview the family of 23-year-old Kamrie Mitchell, the woman missing in Suwannee County.
Her father was the last person to see her, and he says this isn't like her.
The family says a friend found Mitchell's car pushed into water early Wednesday morning, and the sheriff confirms her cell phone had been left behind.
Kamrie Mitchell's father says it was absolutely a road she would have driven on, but right now it can only be passed via a canoe because its flooded, the leftovers from Tropical Storm Debbie.
So why was it in that water?
The questions remain, but her sister tells me this isn't a tragedy, because they are going to find her alive.
Kyla Ryan: "Do you think finding the car is more helpful or less helpful?"
Family: "I think it gave us hope when she wasn't in it, that she could be somewhere out there."
The car is an anchor holding this family together, because its something tangible, a concrete clue that has provided the hope they need, to remain optimistic.
Her sister Laura Laggart tells me that her father, "was supposed to wait until the tow truck got there, but he had to pry it open, he had to know if his daughter was in there…thankfully she was not."
A Facebook friend found the car and told Kamrie Mitchell's family.
Her sister Kershta Mitchell says they, "swam in that water for hours with sticks trying to find anything they could."
The car in the water is bringing the whole community together to help.
Jennifer Rousseau Rentschler says, "its so wonderful that everyone is coming together…whether they know her or not…she is a person, and she is missing and everyone who has been searching just wants her to come home."
Searchers are looking in the area near where the car was found.
Volunteers and sheriff's deputies were on horses scouring the area, the flooding providing obstacles to the search.
Sheriff Tony Cameron believes foul play could be involved.
The family, however remains steadfast in their belief that they will bring Kamrie home.
Family: "We don't have time to cry. God is the glue holding us together."
The family says the car was accidentally towed to their house, and then the sheriff's office had to collect it.
The sheriff says that the people who own the land on either side of the dirt road are cooperating...and have let them freely search anywhere they need to.
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Name: Kamrie Cherai Mitchell
Last Seen: Lake City/Branford Area on 8/25/12
Description: 5'3" 130 pounds, with natural blonde hair, dyed brown, and blue eyes. She has "Kamrie" tattoed on her left foot, "Grams" and a butterfly on her wrist, and "Layla" with a footprint and birthdate on her right side.
Information: Call the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office at: (386) 364-3443, case number 12-37472
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