Family continues search to find missing woman

Tammy Kingery
Tammy Kingery

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Over the past two weeks, hundreds of people from multiple states have been searching for 37-year-old Tammy Kingery of Edgefield County.

She reportedly went for a walk and never came home.

Deputies there are now calling her disappearance suspicious and tell WIS that SLED agents will be there to help out Thursday.

"On Sunday, we started at 10 a.m. and really didn't end til 5:30 that evening," said Philip Russell, Tammy's father.

Russell said he's hiked for miles through thick brush and has handed out hundreds of fliers.

But he won't stop until his daughter Tammy is found.

"You know, we haven't heard from her," Russell said. "If she had walked off on her own, she would have contacted her sister or her husband. You know, there would have been some sign or notice or phone call or text, which she does all the time."

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office said Kingery went missing two Saturdays ago.

Her husband, Park Kingery said she left a hand-written note that said "Gone for a walk. Be back soon. Love You." which his wife had never done before.

"To leave everyone like this without some kind of communication, we know that something's wrong," Russell said.

The sheriff's office calls it a missing person's case under suspicious circumstances which is why they've requested the State Law Enforcement Division's help.

WIS was told that SLED agents will be on the ground Thursday, with the possibility of tracking dogs and forensic psychologists.

"I never would have thought this would happen," said Amy Thomas, Tammy's sister. "I just don't-- It seems like she just walked away, but she would never leave her kids."

Family members say Kingery, a nurse, has three kids.

"Sometimes they'll cry," Thomas said. "Her youngest will just look out the window and say, 'Just checking to see if Mommy's home.'"

Meanwhile, family members will keep searching and keep hoping for good news.

"I keep hoping she comes through the door," Russell said.

Kingery is 5-foot-3 and about 125 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Husband Park Kingery said his wife didn't take anything with her, neither her purse nor her cell phone.

The family is optimistic that SLED will now be helping out.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office urges anyone with info to call them at 803-278-1625.

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