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Deputies searching for missing Bryan County woman

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 11:08 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2021 at 10:39 PM EST
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RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WTOC) - The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.

BCSO says 58-year-old Karla Hillen was last seen in the area of Fort McAllister Road in Richmond Hill on Sunday, Nov. 21. They believe she may be in danger due to health reasons.

Hillen is described as a white female, 5′5″, 155 lbs., with blond hair and hazel eyes.

Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Investigators located Hillen’s vehicle inside Fort McAllister on Nov. 24.

The Department of Natural Resources began searching the area shortly after Hillen’s vehicle was found, but the search was suspended Nov. 25.

BCSO says, with permission from the family, they searched Hillen’s vehicle on Nov. 26.

Officials say based on the information investigators have found, they believe Hillen left Fort McAllister on her own accord and under her own power.

As of Monday, Nov. 29, BCSO says they do not have any new leads. They spent much of Monday going through video footage given to them from people who live in the area.

Kristina St. Clair was one of many people searching hours for Hillen during the holidays.

“We did an extensive search in the woods, in the muck... as much as we could get in there as far as we could go of the area. All the trails were walked. They had the canine units out there. It was a joint effort from many different counties and we were just trying to find her,” said St. Clair, a friend of Hillen’s.

“It’s a lot I think for Richmond Hill as a whole to process. She was a quiet lady. She kept to herself. She helped so many people here and that’s the least we could do is turn around and try to help her,” said Sue Nelson who is searching for Hillen.

Fort McAllister spans about 1,700 acres. Hillen recently had hip surgery so a park manager says she couldn’t have been able to get far. The search of the park started with the Department of Natural Resources and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office has since taken over the investigation.

The Richmond Hill community has also created a Facebook Page for information that can help find her.

“Comment and help out. You know, just pray. Come on there and show your support. Tell a story.”

The sheriff’s office says they’re still interviewing people who may have seen her in the park that day and they’re not ruling out bringing in more canines to search.

If you have any information on Karla Hillen’s whereabouts, please contact the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office at 912-756-3101.

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