Fla. authorities search for missing Orange County mother


OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:40 AM PT – Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Authorities in Florida are trying to locate a mother of three from Belle Isle after she disappeared from her home nearly 10 days ago, taking her purse and leaving behind her cell phone.

According to the latest over the weekend, family and community members have expanded their search for 50-year-old Stephanie Hollingsworth. She was last seen on September 25 withdrawing $20 from a Bank of America before driving off in her Silver Chevrolet Tahoe. Surveillance footage captured Hollingsworth on that same day at a Walmart in the area.

Family members have set up an recreational vehicle in the Walmart parking lot serving as their “home base” as they continue their search and reach out to the public. Family and volunteers have begun canvassing throughout the whole community, posting flyers and sharing information, desperate to find their loved one who family members say “vanished in thin air.”

So far, police have identified no suspicious activity in relation to her disappearance and report no active leads in the search.

“We’ve taken just about every avenue that we can to locate her or the vehicle,” stated Sgt. Jeremy Millis of the Belle Isle Police Department. “There has been absolutely no sightings of the vehicle since the Bank of America transaction.”

Police also say Hollingsworth has a history of mental illness, which is why her family is so adamant about locating her.

Local tip line and crime stoppers CrimeLine is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who has any information on Hollingsworth’s current whereabouts.

“Stephanie if your able to see this, we are looking for you, your family loves you more than ever,” said Scott Hollingsworth, the missing woman’s husband. “We don’t know what’s going on, but we’re going to find you.”

Officials are asking anyone with information related to her whereabouts to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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