BROOKLET, GA (WTOC) - A woman who's missing in Japan has South Georgians concerned.
The young woman grew up in Bulloch County and friends and relatives are devastated by her disappearance.
Immanuel Baptist Church Pastor Joe Clifford and others in Brooklet hope for answers from half a world away. They want to know what happened in Japan to Kelli Cribbs Abad.
"She was a sweet girl, grew up with my daughter. They went to Bible Baptist Christian school together, and she had a heart of gold," Clifford said.
He said Abad's husband's career in the Air Force took them from California to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. Then she disappeared in late October.
Police eventually found her SUV, but not Abad.
Abad's mother, Janice Cribbs, of Brooklet, rushed to Okinawa from Bulloch County to help with the search.
The military has provided Cribbs with someone to take her around and an interpreter. They've put up fliers all over the Okinawa area.
Clifford said the church has served as a relay point between the search in Japan and those in Bulloch County. He said people from around the world with nothing in common but Cribbs have followed the search together on Facebook.
"We're just hoping they're able to find her over there alive," Clifford said.
The church is trying to help the family with travel expenses that Cribbs incurred to get to Japan.
Donations can be sent to the church's address:
Immanuel Baptist Church
10290 US Highway 80 East
Brooklet, Ga. 30415