A month later family still looking for missing woman
By Megan Boatwright
Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter
HIXSON, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - For many, Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family and friends. This year a missing woman is making it hard for one Chattanooga family to enjoy the holiday.
Forty-one-year-old Cynthia sScott disappeared October 16th, after she was released from jail.
Her family tells us Scott has a history of medical problems.
They're also concerned because she has children, and she has not had any contact with them.
Scott's three children are in the custody of her younger sister. She says every day they grow more concerned for their mother.
Scott was released from jail at 5 a.m. Her sister left her a message saying she would pick her up later that day, but when she got there Scott was gone.
"I regret that I was not able to there when she was released," says Michelle Hillary.
It's a somber Thanksgiving Day for Hillary, her niece and nephews. Hillary's had custody of her older sister three children since 2006. The children haven't heard from their mother in over a month.
"She never misses their birthdays," Hillary says. "Even if it's just a phone call."
But Scott has, twice now. For daughter Elizabeth and son Billy, that's what worries her Hillary the most.
"They're very worried about her," says Scott. "Very concerned, very depressed at this time of the holiday season."
Scott disappeared after she was released from Silverdale Jail. She served a 6 month sentence for back child support payments. The day before her release was her daughter's birthday party, a sleepover. That's why her sister couldn't pick her up that early.
"Her son and I went there together later," she says. "When we got there she was already gone, no one had any idea where she was."
Hillary says at first she wasn't very worried. Her sister is mentally ill, and there have been times when the family hasn't heard from her for a week, but never this long. After two weeks of doing her own search at Emma Wheeler homes where Scott lives, Hillary contacted police.
"She will keep in touch with her children," the sister says. "They're very important to her. We have not heard for her."
Cynthia Scott is 5'9, 160 lbs with dark hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Chattanooga police at 423-698-2525.