Family offering $10,000 reward for Heard County mother missing for weeks

Family offering $10,000 reward for Heard County mother missing for weeks
The Heard County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Natalie Jones Sheppard has been missing since early July. (Heard County Sheriff's Office)

HEARD COUNTY, Ga. — There is now a $10,000 reward for information on a Heard County mother of 2 whose been missing for weeks.

Natalie Jones Sheppard, 25, was last seen just after midnight on July 5 leaving a friends lake house in Jackson’s Gap, Alabama, just north of Opelika.. She was wearing a pink and white striped top and white shorts and was driving a 2002 pink Chevrolet Cavalier, GA Tag RVE6177.

“Because we are on day 21 with no updates or substantial information, we have decided to start from the last place she was seen and retrace her steps,” Natalie’s sister, Tabatha Jones, posted on the family’s website.

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“Today Lake Martin was searched by the sweetest game warden and his team and no sign of Natalie was found. Next (with the approval of authorities) we will be flying helicopters over those three alternate routes back to Heard County and checking surveillance on the way to make 100% SURE she left Alabama. "

The family put up billboards and started a website to help find their missing loved one.

Sheppard has two sons. She is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. She has brown hair with blond highlights and blue eyes. The sheriff’s office said Sheppard has been diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic and is not on her medications.

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“If you see Ms. Jones in your area, please call local authorities so they can make contact with her,” said Lt. Dan Boswell with Heard County Sheriff’s Office, “Two weeks after seeing something doesn’t help much.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is assisting with the search.

Anyone with information is asked to call local authorities, the GBI tip line at 800-597-8477 or Lt. Dan Boswell at 706-675-3329.

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