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Police track tip on missing area woman


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One week after a northeast Columbus woman disappeared, a statewide Silver Alert was issued by the Indiana State Police for 57-year-old Vonda D. Fivecoat.

Fivecoat last was seen at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at her home near the intersection of Beech and Tulip drives. State Police say the missing woman, who suffers from anxiety, depression and paranoia, might be confused and disoriented.

Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said one tip was received after the National Center for Missing Adults sent messages to all residents within a 4-mile radius of the woman’s house.

Myers said a resident of Skyview Estates, five blocks northwest of where the woman was last seen, said he or she saw a woman matching Fivecoat’s description Wednesday night. Detectives are still investigating that possible lead.

But Myers said other law enforcement efforts to locate the missing woman have been unsuccessful.

As of Thursday afternoon, no contact had been made by Fivecoat with family members. There has been no recent activity on the woman’s cellphone, which makes it impossible to use its GPS tracking devise to pinpoint her whereabouts.

In addition, no funds have been deposited or withdrawn from her bank account, and there have been no records of electronic financial transactions.

“This is very disconcerting for us,” Myers said. “The longer this goes on, the more concerned we get.”

Fivecoat might be driving a white 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada with the Indiana license plate number SJV889.

She is described as a 5-foot, 2-inch tall, white female with blonde curly hair. She has blue eyes and weighs about 95 pounds.

If you have information

Anyone with information on Vonda Fivecoat’s whereabouts is urged to contact Det. Ryan Linneweber of the Columbus Police Department at

812-376-2600.

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