UPDATE: Woman who vanished from Buckhead townhome found dead

ATLANTA — Atlanta police said a 26-year-old woman who vanished Tuesday afternoon from her Buckhead townhome has been found dead.

Channel 2′s Justin Carter learned that police found Sheats inside her vehicle on Springer Street around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said they are still investigating, but said Sheats’ death was consistent with a suicide.

Her sister, Alex Sheats confirmed Savannah Sheats’ death in a post to social media Thursday and thanked supporters for helping to search for her.

“I feel a sense of calm knowing that she is at peace,” Alex Sheats wrote on an Instagram story post.

Before news of Sheats’ death broke, Carter spoke to Alex Sheats’ about the huge search effort that was being conducted by friends and family.

“She’s my only sister,” Alex Sheats said. “She’s my very best friend, and we just want to wake up from this nightmare.”

Alex Sheats told police that she has not seen Sheats since Tuesday night when they went to bed at 9 p.m. When she woke up on Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m., she discovered that her sister was gone.


According to the missing persons report, Sheats’ car, car title and birth certificate were also missing from their Verlaine Place NW home. Sheats’ phone was still at the home.

Before calling police, Sheats’ sister called her job to see if she was there, but they told her Sheats had not shown up to work.

Sheats’ sister also says she suffers from depression.

Investigators are still working to learn the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can call 988.

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