Sheriff Harold Jones told us on Friday that agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been called in to assist in the Linda Reed case.
This morning, neither Jones nor his investigators had any new information to report, other than a $10,000 reward fund had been set up at Regions Bank in Crystal Springs. Anyone with information that would lead to locating Mrs. Reed should contact the Copiah County Sheriff’s office, FBI or Mississippi Crimestoppers.
Over the past several days, family members and friends of Mrs. Reed organized a search party that combed the area around Deaton Road, on which Reed’s vehicle was found on Monday, April 30. The search party found no new evidence, according to Jones.
Copiah County Sheriff’s Department officers are working with several agencies to determine the whereabouts of a woman who they presume has been abucted. A vehicle driven by Carrollton resident Linda Reed, 65, was discovered on a backroad near the south Crystal Springs exit off I-55 on Monday. Authorities confirmed that several of her personal items were discovered in the SUV.
Initially, the disappearance was treated as a missing-persons event. The sheriff’s office coordinated a search-and-rescue effort throughout the afternoon on Monday that involved a helicopter, bloodhounds and dozens of law enforcement agents and emergency responders. Once the vehicle was discovered, along with its contents, rescue personnel were sent away, and authorities switched gears to investigating the event as a crime, instead of an accident. Law enforcement now believes that Reed has been abducted.
Harold Jones, Sheriff of Copiah County, said late Monday that Reed, an employee of Moore’s Fabrications in Gallman and who lives in a home near the business during the week, had told employees of the business that she was headed back to a local grocery store in Hazlehurst after-hours on Sunday, where she had just returned from, to pick up some grocery items she had remembered when she got back to the office. Jones said that employees became worried Monday morning when Reed didn’t show up for work.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of or may have spoken with Reed are urged to contact the Copiah County Sheriff’s Department at 601-894-3011 or any local law enforcement agency.