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Missing Woman: Debora DeLoach Moody - GA - 12/04/2007

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LUDOWICI, GA --Yellow tape wraps around Deborah Gayle Moody's mobile home on a dirt road miles off Highway 196 in Long County. But no one is sure if it is a crime scene or not. A few feet away, anxious relatives and friends waited Wednesday for any word on her disappearance. Her mother, her son and her stepfather drove up from Florida when her uncle reported her missing Monday.

"We thought back to the last time we talked with her was five, six days ago to talk to her on the phone," said stepfather Bill Clark.

Her car sits right outside and investigators said everything inside seemed normal too. Ty Smith from the Long County Sheriff's Office said five days passed from when anyone last saw her to when they reported her missing.

"We've got to work back to interview people to get information where this person could have wound up going," Smith explained. He added they were investigating the disappearance as a missing person case. He stated nothing at this point indicated foul play.

Deputies searched the farm land around her home Tuesday with no results. Relatives said she chose to live so far out in the country because she is self-sufficient and independent, even in the middle of a divorce.

"This isn't characteristic of anything we've seen," Clark added. "It's just mind-boggling to what's happened to her. We keep our fingers crossed that she'll show up safe."

But every hour that rolls by makes that wait even harder.

Smith asks if anyone knows anything about Moody or her disappearance, call the Long County Sheriff's Office at 912.545.2118.

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Long County Woman Missing

LONG COUNTY, GA--Long County Sheriff's office needs you help in finding a missing woman.

Long County Sheriff's office chief investigator Ty Smith said 42-year-old Deborah Gail DeLoach Moody was last seen at her residence on December 4, but it wasn't until yesterday that she was actually reported missing.

Smith said Tuesday K-9 units searched the woods by Moody's mobile home and the Georgia State Patrol searched with their helicopter, but so far they have found nothing.

Moody's family is on their way to Long County from Florida to speak with investigators.

Moody is 5'6'' and weighs 110 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark blond hair. Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to call the Long County Sheriffs office.

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Police hunt for missing Long County woman

Authorities in Long County are investigating the mysterious disappearance of a woman not seen since last week.

Law enforcement, firefighters and neighbors spent Tuesday scouring the woods behind the home of Deborah Gayle Deloach Moody, hoping to find some clue to her whereabouts.

Moody, 42, has not been seen since Dec. 4, said Long County Sheriff's Detective Ty Smith. He said she left her job at C&S Construction at Fort Stewart near Hinesville around 4 p.m. that Friday. Smith said Moody then drove to a friend's home in Liberty County to pay a visit.

"She drove to the home of Lyn Anderson, and then both women drove back to her mobile home on an unnamed dirt road just of Ga. 196." Smith said.

Anderson left Moody sometime around 5:30 p.m. that day.

"That was the last time anyone saw her or heard from her," Smith said.

On Monday, Moody's uncle, Randy Ray, filed a missing persons report with the sheriff. Ray and Deputy Craig Nobles went to the residence and said they found nothing out of place. Moody's Ford Explorer was parked outside the residence.

Tuesday morning, nearly two-dozen searchers went through the nearby woods. Smith said tracking dogs from Riedsville State Prison were brought out to assist in the search as well as a cadaver dog. The help of a helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol also was enlisted.

"Right now we are conducting this as a missing person investigation," Smith said. "We will continue to interview friends, co-workers and family members."

Anyone with information on Deborah Moody is asked to call the Long County Sheriff's Department at 912-545-2118.

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By Mike Riddle


Posted: Dec. 11, 2007 5:22 p.m.

Updated: Dec. 11, 2007 5:22 p.m.

LUDOWICI -- A Long County woman, reported missing Monday after nearly a week since she was last seen, was still missing as of Tuesday evening.

According to a police report filed at the Long County Sheriffs Department, Deborah Gail Moody, 42, was reported missing by her uncle, Randy Ray.

He reported that as far as he knew no one had seen her since Dec. 4.

After taking the report, Deputy Craig Nobles went to Moody’s residence on Smiley Road. Nobles said that the inside of the home appeared normal, so he then contacted LCSD Det. Ty Smith.

According to Smith, after investigating, he said Lynn Anderson last saw Moody on Tuesday evening.

Smith said Anderson told him Moody had stopped by Anderson’s Feed and Seed on Tuesday to buy a dog pen. Anderson said she helped Moody load the pen, and then followed her home to help unload it. She told Smith they unloaded the pen around 5:30 p.m. and that as far as she could tell, there was nothing out of the ordinary with Moody.

Smith also said, “According to what her family has told me, Ms. Moody has never disappeared for a period of time like this, and that for her to come up missing without someone knowing where she was, is out of the ordinary.â€Â

The detective, “There is no reason to suspect foul play at this timeâ€Â.

As of Tuesday at 4 p.m., Moody still had not been found, but search efforts were being made in the wooded area around her home. These efforts included searching on foot, with rescue dogs and in the air by helicopter.

Police and rescue workers from the LCSD, Wayne County Search and Rescue Team, Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, Gum Branch Fire Department, the Liberty County Fire Services K-9 Unit, and the Georgia State Patrol Aerial Search Team were involved in the search.

If anyone has any information in this case, they can contact the Long County Sheriff’s Department at 545-2118.

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Search Continues for Long Co. Woman

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2008 - 11:25 AM Updated: 11:49 AM

The search continues for a Long County Woman who has been missing more than a month. 42-year-old Deborah Gail Deloach Moody was last seen at her home on December 4th. She is five-feet-six-inches tall, 110 pounds and has brown eyes and dark blond hair.

If you have any information on Moody's whereabouts, call the Long County Sheriff's 0ffice at (912) 545-2118.

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Debora Gail DeLoach Moody

Year of Birth:  1965

Race: White

Missing From :  Ludowici, Long County, Georgia

Weight: 116

Height: 5' 6"

Sex: Female

Last Seen Date: Dec 04, 2007

Hair Color: Brown

Eyes: Brown


Georgia Bureau of Investigation Kingsland Office at 912-729-6198


Debora Gail Deloach Moody was last seen at her residence in Ludowici, Long County, Georgia on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at approximately 6:00 p.m.  Her family discovered she was missing and reported it to the authorities on December 10, 2007.


If you have any information or questions please contact

Long County Sheriff’s Office

Detective Ty Smith



Georgia Bureau of Investigation Kingsland Office


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Woman's Disappearance Still a Mystery

Posted: March 31, 2008 04:19 PM CDT

Updated: March 31, 2008 05:42 PM CDT

LUDOWICI, GA (WTOC) - A field of sweet onions grows across from Deborah Gayle Moody's home, marking a new season in her disappearance. A delivery driver saw her last at her home in early December. Ty Smith and others remain baffled despite dozens of leads.

"Everything has been followed up on and nothing has panned out as to her whereabouts," explained Smith, an investigator with the Long County Sheriff's Office.

In December, out of town relatives went to her home and reported her missing when they hadn't heard from her. Her SUV was outside and investigators said inside showed no sign of struggle. The only thing missing was her.

"We have no information to show this as foul play whatsoever," Smith added. "Right now, it is just like the lady disappeared out of thin air."

Smith said the longer this cold case drags on, the harder it gets to solve. And the case could get even colder in a few days when the trailer's owner repossess it because no one has made payments the past 4 months.

Relatives have said Deborah liked living on the farmland for peace and seclusion. Smith says if she'd had nearby neighbors, they may have provided some insight in this missing persons mystery.

"Never had a case like this in 17 years I've been here where there's nothing at all," Smith commented.

In December, friends and relatives gathered at a candlelight vigil to pray. Since then, Smith said Monday prayer and hope seem to be the only options left.

Anyone with information about Deborah Gayle Moody-DeLoach is asked to call the Long County Sheriff's Office at 912.545.2118.

Reported by Dal Cannady, 

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Missing Person: Debora Gail DeLoach Moody

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Alias: Gail

Date of Birth: 4-22-65

Missing Since: 12-04-07

Missing City: Ludowici in Long county (rural address)

Missing State: GA

Age at time of disappearance: 42

Gender: Female

Race: White

Height: 5 ft 6 in

Weight: 116lbs

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

Complexion: Tan

Characteristics: Scar on neck from recent surgery, scar on right leg from ankle to knee

Circumstances: She was last seen at home by a friend. All of her possessions and vehicle were left behind.

Medical Conditions: Surgery on her neck last September

Agency Name: Long County Sheriff Dept.

Agency Phone: 912-545-2118 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 912-729-6198 (GBI)

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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.

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Long County Woman Missing for One Year

Family Plans Candlelight Vigil

Ludowici, GA, December 4, 2008-- A mother's heart aches and the family longs for answers in the now year-old case of missing Deborah "Gail" Deloach Moody. The 42 year-old Ludowici resident left behind all her possessions and vehicle. She was recovering from neck surgery when she disappeared. A Candlelight vigil will be held in her honor Thursday, December 4th, at 7pm.

"I am appealing to the public to help find our beautiful daughter who we miss very,very much." states Melanie Clark, Gail's mother. Several family members and law enforcement representatives will be in attentance at the vigil, whiich will be held at the Trinity Baptist Church in Long County.  The event will include songs, prayers, and the reading of poetry written by Gail's son, Christian.

"Imagine having a phone call first thing in the morning telling you that your daughter is missing and you're 400 miles from where she lives!", recalls Melanie. "This has been a very difficult year for all of us, and with the public's and God's help, we will find the answers."

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One year later, Ludowici woman still missing

Posted: Dec 2, 2008 12:29 PM EST

Updated: Dec 2, 2008 12:29 PM EST

By WTOC staff

LONG COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - It's been almost a year since a Long County woman went missing and now CrimeStoppers is looking for any information that could help find her.

Debora Moody was last seen in her Ludowici home on December 4, 2007. Her family called police when they discovered she was missing on December 10.

If you have any information on what happened to Moody or where she might be, call police or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

Moody's family is also planning a candlelight vigil for her on December 4 at 7pm at the Trinity Baptist Church in Elim, Georgia.

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Candlelight Vigil Being Held for Missing Woman

Dec 03, 2008

A year after her disappearance, the family of Debora Gail Deloach Moody is still seeking information on her whereabouts.

She was last seen at her home in Ludowici, Long County, Georgia on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at approximately 6:00 PM. Her family discovered Moody was missing and reported it to authorities on December 10, 2007.

Moody’s family will be holding a candlelight vigil for her on December 4, 2008 at 7 PM at the Trinity Baptist Church in Elim, GA.

Anyone with information is requested to contact CrimeStoppers. All information provided to CrimeStoppers is anonymous and can be reported 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 234-2020 or on the web at

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Woman Missing For One Year

Thursday, Dec 04, 2008 - 05:57 PM

By Sheila Parker

It's been 365 days since Melanie Clark's daughter was last seen...but she says the mystery surrounding her disappearance hasn't gotten any easier to deal with.  "It hurts the same - whether it was yesterday or down the road - it's still the same."  Forty-two year old Debora Gail Deloach Moody seems to have simply vanished.  Her mother says she was last seen by a friend at her Ludowici home.  "They found that she was not there and that her vehicle was there, and her coat and her glasses and everything else was there so they said that she just disappeared."

Her family says there were no signs of a disturbance inside or outside the home, but it makes no sense that she would have left voluntarily.  They say she lived on her own and was happy in Ludowici, working on renovations to the mobile home she had bought, taking care of a pet cat left behind when she went missing, and has a grown son living with his grandparents in Florida and nearing college graduation.  Investigators with the Long County Sheriff's Office and G-B-I say Moody's disappearance is an active investigation and they are still following leads. Her family hopes someone will come forward with any piece of information - no matter how small - that could help resolve the case.  "Somebody here knows what happened to her and of course we've asked everybody that you know, if they know anything to please come forward."

They hope tonight's candlelight vigil will bring renewed interest from the public in the case - and boxes placed around town will help them raise a reward for that information.

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Family, Friends Hope Prayer Brings Answers in Ludowici Woman's Disappearance

Thursday, Dec 04, 2008 - 10:28 PM Updated: 11:01 PM

Prayer is what a family hopes will bring their missing daughter home. It's been one year since Debora Gail Deloach Moody went missing, last seen by a friend at her Ludowici home.

"They found that she was not there and that her vehicle was there, and her coat and her glasses and everything else was there so they said that she just disappeared," says Gail’s mom, Melanie Clark.

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at Trinity Baptist Church. Those there believe in the power of prayer and they hope it'll bring them at least some answers into what happened to Gail.

"Lord, the family feels like somebody around here may know something. And god I pray you'll torch their heart. Lord, touch their heart and let the family know so they can have some closure, have some peace in their heart," says Pastor Tim Parrish of Trinity Baptist Church.

Gail's son is in college in Florida and couldn't be here. But his presence was felt through poems he wrote about his mom. "The desolate rooms seem so empty since you went away. Til your radiance, beauty and heartfelt smile would fill all of our hearts with love again, we love you mom."

Investigators say they have not given up on this case. "We continue to interview people and try to collect information," says Special Agent Mike McDaniel with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Gail's father hopes someone will pass along information to authorities soon. "If anybody finds anything out there that could be any kind of credible evidence or lead or whatever, we ask you to step forward," says Bill Carter.

With each holiday that passes, Gail's mother says it doesn't get any easier. "Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Halloween. Halloween was the last time we saw her. It hurts the same, whether it was yesterday or down the road, it's still the same," says Melanie.


If you have any information about Gail's disappearance, call CrimeStoppers at (912)234-2020.

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Vigil remembers missing woman

They came together Thursday night at the Trinity Baptist Church in Hinesville to keep the hope and memory alive of Debora Gail Deloach Moody, who disappeared a year ago from her home in Long County.

An estimated 125 friends and family members attended the 30-minute candlelight vigil.

“We want to keep the hope alive that Gail will be returned to her family, and also keep her name out in the public in the event someone who may know something will call authorities with information,†said Tim Parrish, pastor of Trinity Baptist.

The vigil-goers sang songs and listened to a poem written by Moody’s 24-year-old son, Christian Merrill, who could not attend because of school exams.

“Your smile, your tender motherly eyes pierce my soul,†read the poem. “Waiting, wishing only another day with your arms wrapped around my neck. …â€Â

Moody’s mother, Melanie Clark, traveled from Niceville, Fla., to attend.

“It meant a lot to me that her family and friends came out to pray for her return,†Clark said.

Moody has been missing since last Dec. 4. She was last seen that afternoon, when she went to buy a dog pen at Anderson Feed and Seed in Walthourville. The owner, Lynn Anderson, went with Moody to her mobile home to help unload the pen. Anderson was the last person to see Moody.

GBI Special Agent Mike McDaniel, who is assigned to the case, said Moody lived in an area surrounded by onion fields and was isolated. He said that Moody was on her computer untill 6:30 that evening.

“We just don’t know what happened,†McDaniel said. “She left her purse, and even had a paycheck coming to her the next

day.â€ÂClark said she has not given up hope that her daughter will be returned.

“I know somebody took her, and there is somebody out there who could provide information,†she said. “Over the past year, I have wracked my brains out trying to think of any person who came into her life that may have wanted to hurt her. I just can’t think of anyone.â€Â

Clark said her daughter would never walk away from her family without letting someone know she is OK. That sentiment is shared by McDaniel, who is based in Kingsland.

He hopes renewed interest in the case will lead to clues.

“By no means has this case grown cold,†he said. “We started investigating it as a homicide in the beginning, with the hope that it would end well. But we review it every two months, and when a lead comes up, we investigate it.â€Â

McDaniel came to the vigil with fliers about Moody to hand out to her family. There were posted around the community.

“We are doing everything possible to bring peace to the family.†he said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Ty Smith of the Long County Sheriff’s Department at 545-2118, or call the GBI at 729-6198.

An undisclosed reward is being offered.

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Not knowing is what's hardest

Parents are in anguish over the disappearance of their adult children.

Last modified 12/21/2008 - 12:12 am

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By Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union

Dale McCullers and Melanie Clark have never met, but live the same hellish nightmare: Each has a child who disappeared without a trace last year in Southeast Georgia.

The Waycross father and Niceville, Fla., mother wake each day with hope his missing son, Ben McCullers of Darien, and her missing daughter, Debora Gail DeLoach Moody of Ludowici, will be found.

At night, each parent falls into a restless sleep knowing someone, somewhere knows what happened, but won't tell or maybe just doesn't realize something they saw or heard could be the clue that Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents need to bring McCullers and Moody home to their loved ones.

"It's a horror, not knowing if Ben is alive or dead," Dale McCullers, 61, said. "At least, if you have a body and a grave to visit, you can deal with the pain. But not knowing, it's an endurance of anguish. It's a nightmare that spins on and on."

Ben McCullers disappeared June 2, 2007, near Crescent in northern McIntosh County. The last contact from the affable 32-year-old building contractor consisted of cell phone calls to his girlfriend, who told investigators she heard only static.

Moody, a 42-year-old mother with a son in college, vanished Dec. 4, 2007, from her home in rural Long County. She was last seen by a friend who helped her unload a dog pen about 6 p.m. at the home, said Clark, 64, who talked with her daughter by phone almost every day.

"I believe with all my heart that somebody did take Gail," Clark said. "Gail would never, ever just take off and leave without letting us or [her son] Christian know she was all right. "

There is no evidence linking the two cases from neighboring counties, said Mike McDaniel, special agent in charge of the GBI regional office in Kingsland.

Although clues are few and leads have dwindled, agents are actively investigating both disappearances, McDaniel said.

"By no means is this a cold case," he said. "We're running down every lead and continue to collect information. We're doing everything we can to bring peace to these two families."

Using tracking dogs and helicopters, officers searched the areas where Moody and McCullers were believed to have been before they vanished. America's Most Wanted has spotlighted both cases. The families and investigators blanketed each area with fliers seeking information and posted both cases on missing-person Web sites. GBI agents have conducted 300 interviews in the two cases, McDaniel said.

The state is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for Moody's disappearance. Also, each family is offering a private reward.

"Somebody has information that can help us solve these cases, and we need them to come forward," McDaniel said.

McCullers' story

The oldest of four children, Ben McCullers loved to hunt and fish. He was an athletic 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, and kept in good shape, said his father, who is a retired criminal investigator.

His son's contracting business was doing well, and his employees, and clients liked him, the elder McCullers said.

The night he disappeared, Ben McCullers called his girlfriend about 9:30 p.m. and said he'd run out of gasoline on Georgia 99 near Crescent. She later received four more calls from his cell phone, but because of a weak signal she couldn't make out any words, Dale McCullers said.

When found the next day, Ben McCullers' pickup truck was locked and parked "cockeyed" across an abandoned homestead driveway just off the road. His checkbook was on the seat, but his keys were found about 50 yards away in woods. Heavy rain overnight erased any footprints in the area, his father said.

"My theory is Ben started walking home, and somebody picked him up and surprised him," Dale McCullers said. "Ben was very strong and he would have put up a fight unless he was taken by surprise and overpowered."

McDaniel said there's been no activity on McCullers' cell phone, nor have his credit cards been used since his disappearance.

Moody's story

The morning she disappeared, Moody talked to her mother by phone. A computer specialist, Moody asked her mom about what kind of ink cartridge to get for her printer.

"I asked her to call me when she got home from work so we could talk," Clark said. "When she didn't call that night, I called and didn't get an answer. I kept calling and calling but she never answered, and none of her friends knew where she was."

Sheriff's deputies later found the ink cartridge still in its package on Moody's bed. Moody's eyeglasses, purse and coat also were inside the unlocked Smiley Road home. The television and lights were on, and her car was parked outside. There was no sign of Moody in the home or surrounding onion fields, Clark said.

Her personal computer was last used at 6:30 p.m. that day, McDaniel said.

More disturbing, Moody's beloved cat and two dogs were left behind, her mother said.

"Gail is one of those people who never met a stranger. She has such a tender heart that she'll do everything she can to help someone, or an animal in trouble," Clark said. "She lived way out there in the country because the best thing in life for her is being outdoors, being self-sufficient and having her animals."

Keeping hope alive

Ben McCullers' 33rd birthday is Dec. 30. Instead of celebrating, his family members will hold a memorial service on Saturday in Live Oak, their hometown, where they will place a bench bearing his name.

"Since we don't have a grave," his father said, "this is the only kind of closure we can have until Ben is found."

On Dec. 4, Moody's family and friends prayed for her safe return at a candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of her disappearance. Each passing day is a battle between hope and despair, Clark said. She has suffered stress-related health problems since her daughter disappeared.

"We still have hope. I won't give up hope," Clark said. "But there are times when I just hope and pray that whatever happened to her that she didn't suffer.

"We need to know what happened."


"There are times when I just hope and pray that whatever happened to her that she didn't suffer."


Mother of missing adult child Debora Gail DeLoach Moody


How to Help

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Ben McCullers or Debora Gail DeLoach Moody is urged to call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (912) 729-6198.

In McCullers' case, people also can call the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office at (912) 437-6622.

In Moody's case, people also can call the Long County Sheriff's Office at (912) 545-2118.

Authorities say callers may remain anonymous.

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Deborah has been placed on Project Jason's 18 Wheel Angels campaign. A special poster has been made for her and can be downloaded and printed for placement. More information about the program, and the link for the poster can be found here:

In addition to the campaign, Deborah was also featured in a national trucking publications, Independent Contractor. This free magazine is distributed in truck stops nationwide and has a circulation of about 150,000.

Indepenent Contractor and TruckJobSeekers are two of Target Media Partner's many publications. In partnership with Project Jason, they each feature two missing persons each per month. You can pick up your free copies at a local truck stop, but if it's far from you, you may want to call and ask if they carry that magazine. These are NOT with the regular for purchase magazines.

We hope this helps in the search for Deborah. Please consider printing and placing a poster in businesses in your community.

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Written by Debora's (Gail) mother for the 18 Wheel Angels Campaign:

Our missing daughter Gail

Our daughter is a very unique person to say the least. She is one of the most loving and caring persons you will ever meet. She is so out going and friendly that we think some of these type traits could have played an undesirable part in her disappearance back in Dec, 2007. Being strong willed and determined are her most obvious traits when it came to achieving her desires and goals. If you told Gail what she was doing was not the ordinary or most desirable way of doing things, then she would be even more determined to do those things anyway. The more difficult the task, the more challenging it would become.

Gail has a son, Christian Merrill, who was born 3 Nov,1964 in Newport News, Va. and a older brother, Jeffrey DeLoach, who now lives in Fl.. She was a single mother burdened with the task of raising a son with only the help of her parents where she lived at that time. Over the next two decades, Gail worked very hard to make ends meet and provide for her family of two.

Constantly striving to improve her position in life, she was able to succeed in virtually all of her endeavors. She even found time to attend college in Newport News, Va. where she earned an associate degree in business. This college education experience opened several new job opportunities over the next several years.

This difficult situation with our missing daughter has persisted for almost a year without any significant leads on her whereabouts today nor how she even disappeared. The GA authorities working this case have exhausted numerous leads on this case to no end and their efforts have been sincerely appreciated. We sincerely hope that the "18 Wheel Angels" will assist in our search for our daughter with positive results.

Thanks for everyone's efforts,

Melanie & Bill Clark

Gail's parents

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Gone But Not Forgotten - Part II

By Sheila Parker

Published: March 12, 2009

Missing persons cases - news reports capture the imagination with questions sometimes never answered.  The most infamous case in our area may be that of the Calverts - a well known couple who disappeared on Hilton head just over a year but they are far from the only ones in our community who've disappeared without a trace.  News 3 took the opportunity to sit down with one of the people who investigate these cases and take a look back at some of them.

GBI Agent Mike McDaniel says, "It's beginning to be more and more common place.  You can look at cases around the state of Georgia and the united states."  Agent McDaniel is talking about missing persons, the type of cases he works on a regular basis.  â€œYou know you've got people to interview and things to do to try to develop suspects but you continually run into a dead end on what happened to them and it's still a mystery," says Agent McDaniel.  A mystery with which investigators struggle:  what to do next - who else to talk to - where else to look.  For the GBI, a case never really goes cold. “The GBI's policy is to - if you have an unsolved homicide or a missing person case - we don't close it until you know we find out, find the person or find out what happens to them or have some type of closure.  To that end - all files are regularly pulled and looked over again-newer cases every other month-cases decades old at least once every six months.

One of those - the nearly twenty year old disappearance of a teenage brother and sister from Brunswick.  Michael and Monica Bennett were allegedly dropped off by their estranged stepfather at their mother's home the afternoon of June 21st, 1989 - and never seen again.  It's a case looked at by criminal justice students at Coastal Georgia Community College just over a year ago - a case that remains unsolved.  â€œThey just seem to vanish and you really don't know.  You know who the last person documented they were with but you know that's not the person they were last with and that's the mystery and that's what we try to figure out," says Agent McDaniel.  Interviewing and re-interviewing potential witnesses - never knowing when some new fact or old memory may come to light that provides “the clue".  â€œThey just don't realize that that's the piece of the puzzle that we need and so we continue and never quit."

That gets harder as cases age and those who may know something pass away.  More clues come for newer cases, but too often, still no resolution.  Ben McCullers went missing almost two years ago.  Agent McDaniel says, “Ben was last seen on June 2nd, 2007 in McIntosh County.  His vehicle was located on June 3rd, 2007 in the Crescent community parked on the side of the road out of gas.  There were several phone calls made from his cellphone on June 2nd - no actions have been detected on his cellphone, checking account or credit card since that date."

Agents feel certain McCullers fell victim to foul play but haven't found a body‚ they're not so sure what happened to Debora Gail Deloach Moody missing just over a year from the Ludowici area.  She was last seen at her home - but nothing seemed disturbed when investigators arrived.  Her case - like many others - made more difficult because she lived alone.  It's hard for investigators to know just when she went missing and from where. Because you don't have a crime scene.  In many of these missing persons just about all of them - you don't have a crime scene - or if there's a crime scene we haven't found it yet," says Agent McDaniel.  Meaning they can't find forensic evidence, but that doesn't stop them from searching, no matter how long.  â€œI'm an optimist, so I'm hoping for a shot, but I'm always hoping that we'll be able to solve one of these."  

One of the reasons the GBI continually re-examines old cases is the advent of new technology-if there's any evidence still around that could be tested for things such as DNA using modern methods - it could provide the clue investigators need.  GBI currently lists more than two dozen unsolved missing persons cases on their website.  Click the link below to be taken to the GBI's missing persons page.  There you can find information on these unsolved cases as well as a link to offer tips-you never know if it could be the one to crack the case.  

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Officials seek new clues in missing woman case

By Frenchi Jones Staff writer

Updated: June 1, 2009 10:39 a.m.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently confirmed that new leads in the Debora Gail Deloach Moody missing person case have encouraged them to search for more clues.

The 44-year-old Long County woman was reported missing by her uncle Randy Ray six days after she was last seen Dec. 4, 2007.

GBI detective Stacy Carson confirmed Thursday that on May, 19, 2009, the bureau and Long County officials searched two locations close to where Moody was last seen.

"One of the areas was where Mrs. Moody lived at the time of her disappearance and another area was off of Elim Church Road," Carson said.

Moody was reportedly last seen by her friend Lin Anderson, who said she dropped Moody off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, at her home in Morris Place, near Highway 196.

Moody's mother, Melanie Clark, said Friday that searches had been conducted where Moody's mobile home sits and that cadaver dogs were used to search for the woman.

Carson said Moody's body was not found, however, a few things were taken from the scene.

"At this time, we are not sure if they are even relevant to the case," she said.

Carson was tightlipped about what prompted GBI to conduct the search, saying only that GBI follows up on every tip.

"It's been an ongoing investigation," she said.

During the initial investigation, everything including Moody's shoes, eyeglasses, purse and cat was found undisturbed inside her home, but family members have said the doors were unlocked and all the lights and TVs were on.

"She would have never gotten in a car, even with a friend, without her cigarettes and having her shoes on," Clark said. "She could not even see without her glasses."

Bill Clark, Moody's stepfather, said Thursday he heard GBI had a few persons of interest in the case.

Carson confirmed Bill Clark's assertion, but said there haven't been any arrests.

The Clarks, who live in Florida, said they hope more clues or people with information about their daughter's whereabouts will turn up soon.

"We would like to think that every lead that they get would get us a little bit closer to some kind of closure or hopefully someday finding her," Bill Clark said.  

"If anybody knows anything, sees anything or hears anything, please get in touch with GBI," Melanie Clark said. "Because every little clue or little thing that you might not think is important, GBI might be able to use."

Moody's husband, Jeffrey Moody, who she was getting divorced from at the time of her disappearance, recently filed a petition with the Long County Probate Court requesting Moody be presumed dead.

Originally, the hearing was scheduled for April 6, but has been moved to June 3.

Jeffrey Moody could not be reached for comment.

The Clarks said Debora Moody's son Christian Merrill, 24, will attend the hearing. It will be the first time the Northwest Florida State College student will be in the area since his mother's disappearance two years ago.

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Fate Of Long County Woman Still Up In The Air

By Sheila Parker

Published: September 14, 2009

A hearing was held today in Long County regarding the fate of a woman missing for nearly two years. The husband of Deborah Gail Deloach Moody - who was estranged from her at the time of her disappearance in December of 2007 - has been trying to have Moody declared dead.  The Long County judge handling the case did not make a decision today.  Moody's family opposes the action because they believe it would hamper efforts to find her.

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Home for the Holidays 2009

Debora "Gail" DeLoach Moody, missing from Long County, GA since 12/4/2007

Written by Melanie Clark, Mother of Gail

It is hard to try and put into words how you feel about a missing daughter and will never see them again.

Debora Gail DeLoach Moody went missing on Dec 4, 2007, at about 5:30 that evening. I had spoken to Gail on Dec 4, 2007 and she was supposed to call me back that night. I never heard from her again.

It is very hard to carrying on without her. The times we really miss her is at her birthday April 22, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We always went to a camp-all with relatives and had a big feast, played games, and just sat around a fire and talked about old times.Great grandparents, grandparents, and cousins we'd not seen in a long time were there.

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Gail and her brother

We would sit a around the big fire and listen and talk about old stories from our grandparents and listen to our family history. We had a great time. Sometimes we just had Thanksgiving at home with all the trimmings. There is an empty seat now and our table is not the same with a missing child, and gone before us parents and grandparents.

Christian ( Gail's son) has a real hard time at his birthday on Nov 3th. Gail surprised him for his birthday in 2007 and came to visit Christian us in Fl. It is really hard for him this year because she is gone.

Christmas is very hard for us not being able to be with family and friends. Our family has taken different views on Gail's disappearance. Every year we had a special day with all the family together at Christmas. We would gather at some place that we had chosen for our get together.

We always had the Christmas play and the younger children would play different roles. We read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2 out of the bible, sang songs, played games, and exchanged gifts, but this too has come to an end.

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Gail playing Mary

Christmas day is just another day for us to sit down and eat with Gail missing. So, we do not make a big deal about the holidays anymore.

If we only said good bye to our beautiful daughter , mother, and sister, but who knows when it it your time?

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Christmas past for Gail

The last thing that I would like to remind everyone: Tell your children, husband, and every member of your family how much you love them. Tomorrow may be too late.

Melanie Clark

Mother of missing child, Debora Gail Deloach Moody

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