A strange text message and an abandoned vehicle were perhaps the only clues to a Winder woman’s disappearance.
They also have made police suspicious about what happened to the missing mother of four.
The last time a family member spoke to Mrs. Tonya Faye Lynn was Tuesday about 10:30 p.m., police spokesman Officer Chris Cooper said.
The woman had called to check on her children who were spending the night with a relative. Police said she spoke to one of her children, who range in ages from 7 to 14.
The call was normal. But the message sent the next morning wasn’t.
At 6 a.m. Wednesday, Ms. Lynn’s niece received a text message sent from her aunt’s cell phone:
“Please take care of my children. I love you.”
Alarmed, the niece tried to call Ms. Lynn several times, but the phone was off, Officer Cooper said.
Then about 8 or 9 a.m., the niece spotted Ms. Lynn’s Chevy Tahoe abandoned in or near the public library, not far from her home.
She alerted family members who searched for the woman before finally contacting police about noon to report her missing, Officer Cooper said.
Officers aren’t ruling out the suspicion of foul play, especially because of Ms. Lynn’s abandoned car, which was found secure with no evidence of tampering or damage.
“It’s the only suspicious thing in this investigation, why her car was at that area,” Officer Cooper said.
Ms. Lynn didn’t frequent the library.
Police said they have responded to Ms. Lynn’s home in the past, at least one of the call was domestic related, Officer Cooper said.
He could provide no additional details on the incident.
Mrs. Lynn’s husband told police when he woke up early Wednesday his wife was gone. He assumed she left early for work at Athens Regional Medical Center, Officer Cooper said.
“She was supposed to be at work at 7a.m., but she didn’t report to work Wednesday. She didn’t call in,” Officer Cooper said.
Any with information about Mrs. Lynn’s whereabouts is asked to contact Winder police Detective Rachel Love at (770) 867-2156.