http://www.coastalcourier.com/news/article/10083/Long County woman missing a year now
Search continues for Deborah Gail Moody
By Mike Riddle
Posted: Nov. 28, 2008 11:27 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2008 12:06 p.m.
On Dec. 4, Debora Gail DeLoach Moody's friends and family members will have a candlelight vigil marking the one-year anniversary of Moody's disappearance.
The 42-year-old Long County woman was last seen on Dec. 4, 2007, at Anderson's Feed and Seed in Walthourville, where she bought a dog pen.
Lynn Anderson, who sold the pen to Moody, followed her home and helped unload it at Moody's Smiley Road mobile home. According to Anderson, she was with Moody until about 5:30 p.m. and nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
Anderson is the last person to see Moody.
Moody was reported missing Dec. 10 by her family to the Long County Sheriff's Department.
LCSD Chief Det. Ty Smith was assigned to the case and, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has been trying to find out what happened to her.
Moody's mother and father, Melanie and Bill Clark, who live in Niceville, Fla., endured the loss of their daughter in addition to the uncertainty surrounding her disappearance.
"Not knowing where she is, not knowing what happened to her, not knowing anything is almost killing us. That's the worst part," Melanie Clark said.
According to Clark, she and her husband have established a good working relationship with GBI agent Mike McDaniel.
"Mr. McDaniel keeps us informed when he knows something, and we stay in contact with him pretty good. But he says right now there is nothing, no leads, no nothing," Clark said.
The year after their daughter's disappearance was hard on both Clarks, but Melanie Clark said she's had a particularly difficult time, once requiring a two-week hospital stay to treat symptoms partially attributed to stress.
"I was in the hospital for two weeks, and all of this was a part of why I was there. Some days are good, some are bad. You just do what you can to get through it," Clark said.
Clark's family has provided her with support throughout her yearlong struggle. She has a 24-year-old son, Christian, a brother, Jeffrey DeLoach, and two half-sisters, Kathy Hendrix and Rhonda McClelland.
According to Clark, the last time she saw her daughter was Oct. 31, when she was visiting her parents in Florida.
"We all were at a Halloween party. Everyone had such a good time," Clark said.
But the happy times from a year ago are now an eternity away, and they biggest ache for the family is "not knowing."
"I know someone out there knows something. They have to. All I can ask is that if they do know something, please contact us and let us know. Anything at all might be able to help."
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, a vigil is planned at Trinity Baptist Church on Elim Church Road in Long County. The public is invited.
Also, the LCSD and the GBI still are asking anyone who has information on Moody's disappearance to contact their offices and ask for Smith or McDaniel.The number for the LCSD is 912-545-2118. The Kingsland GBI number is 912-729-6198.