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SLED Joins Search for Missing Merriwether Woman

web posted October 7, 2014

MERRIWETHER With no new leads in the search for Tamera "Tammy" Russell Kingery, 37, Edgefield County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has assigned two agents to assist the Sheriff's Office in the search. Searches for Mrs. Kingery around the Merriwether area have turned up nothing and tips of possible sightings have led to dead ends.

Inv. Doran said at this time the case remains a missing person's case and, to his knowledge, has not been ruled "suspicious" as some media outlets have stated. He also said that SLED has been involved in the case since the beginning, but having two designated investigators assigned to the case will be a big help.

Kingery was reported missing on Saturday, September 20, after her husband returned home and found a note allegedly written by her saying she was going for a walk and would return shortly. However, she did not take her cell phone, purse, or even keys to the house, which was locked up when the husband arrived home from running errands.

Edgefield Daily originally reported that Kingery did take her car keys when the first release of information was provided to media. However, the husband later found the keys and reported that to investigators.

Kingery's father, Phil Russell told WJBF News 6 on Sunday that he, "fears the worst", for his daughter. "She wouldn't just vanish without a trace, or at least some clue to let us know that she's okay. She just wouldn't put us through this worry," Russell told News 6.

His statements seems to point to a belief she has been abducted. When asked by News 6 what he would say to his daughter he replied, "Come back, get away, do everything you can do to come back to us."

Although an abduction has not been ruled out in the case, it is just one of several scenarios investigators are looking at in her disappearance.

In one of his first interviews with media on September 25, Tammy's husband Park Kingery, alluded to a possible abduction, but said his wife may have taken her own life.

Inv. Doran said that all possibilities are still being investigated.

A website has been established called Search for Tammy (searchfortammy.com) which includes flyers that can be printed off and distributed and a FaceBook page by the same name can be found here.

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