Police look for missing woman
Mary Alice Cox disappeared one year ago
By JAMES RITCHIE
Mary Alice Cox had disappeared a couple of times before. Police picked her up and brought her back home.
But in March 2004, Cox - who police and her daughter say has bipolar disorder, meaning her moods can shift dramatically - left the group home where she lived on Vivian Drive and has not returned.
Police hope anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts will contact them.
"She has needed help getting home before, and she just may need help again," Clarksville Police Department Detective Ronald Parrish said at a press conference Friday, noting that she could be in Clarksville or in Nashville, where she has family.
"I still believe Ms. Cox is around here somewhere."
Parrish said he does not suspect foul play. Twice in the past year, people have reported seeing her in July in New Providence, and in January at her former Vivian Drive residence, the detective said.
Cox is described as being 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 100 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Authorities found a purse belonging to Cox on a river bank in a rural area of Montgomery County several days after her March 20, 2004, disappearance.
Her daughter, Connie Mullins, said she talked to Cooper the day she went missing.
"I could tell that she had gone off her medication for bipolar," Mullins said. "I could tell that something was not right."
Mullins said she was living in Florida at the time, making plans to move to Tennessee. She said her mother, upon learning of the impending move, may have been "afraid of being a burden."
"I tried to reassure her, but with her not being on her medication, I'm not sure she understood," she said.
Parrish said Cox also requires medicine for emphysema and other maladies.
"That's one reason we really want to get her back home," he said.
James Ritchiecan be reached at 245-0262 or at email@example.com
Originally published April 2, 2005