America's Most Wanted features local case Debora Gail Moody not seen since 2007

By Lewis Levine
Correspondent
Updated: Jan. 22, 2010 9:12 a.m.

A Long County woman missing for more than two years will be featured in a segment on “Americas Most Wanted” on Saturday.
“America’s Most Wanted has given me this opporuntiy to tell my story about how hard it is not knowing what has happened to my daughter,” said Melanie Clark, Debora Gail DeLoach Moody’s mother, said. “I don’t know if she is alive or dead.”
The segment called, “My Story,” lets families talk about their missing loved ones and personalize their ordeal in front of a huge audience, according to Angeline Hartman, a reporter who covers the Southeast for the program.
“On Saturday, Debora Gail DeLoach Moody’s mother, Melanie Clark, will talk to viewers about her daughter, who has not been seen since Dec. 4, 2007. She will share her thoughts and feelings about the situation,” Hartman said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “It’s an innovative way to capture people’s attention. We feel it’s a way for the viewers to connect with the family member and want to help by providing information.”
According to Hartman, family members record a video, providing photos or video footage of the missing person and tell their story without narration.
Clark said it was difficult to talk about her daughter and not get too emotional for the video.
Moody disappeared after leaving her job at C&S Construction on Fort Stewart.
In a 2007 interview, Long County Sheriff’s Det. Ty Smith said Moody drove to a Walthourville business to buy a dog cage and then drove to her mobile home on an unnamed dirt road off Highway 196 with the business owner following to help unload the cage.
The owner left Moody sometime around 5:30 p.m. that day.
On the following Monday, Moody’s uncle, Randy Ray, filed a missing person report with the sheriff’s department. Deputies went to the residence and found nothing out of place. Moody’s Ford Explorer was parked outside and her purse was found inside.
The next morning, nearly two dozen searchers went through nearby woods. Smith said tracking dogs from Reidsville State Prison as well as a cadaver dog helped in the search. A helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol also was enlisted.
Anyone with information on Debora Moody should call the Long County Sheriff’s Department at 545-2118.
Americas Most Wanted, with host John Walsh, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on Saturday on WTGS.
A $6,000 reward is being offered for information about Moody’s whereabouts. If you’d like to donate to help the family in its search, an account has been set up at Beach Bank, 100 Armstrong, Niceville, FL 32578.

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