Family members plan to expand their search for missing elderly woman
The search for an elderly woman continues across the Tennessee Valley. The 83-year-old was last seen on April 16th--just four days ago.
Now family members of Geneva Atkins say they're determined to find her soon--even if it means expanding their search area.
"We're branching out. We feel that the area needs to be wider," said Atkins's daughter Tonya Campbell.
With help from volunteers, Family members of the elderly woman say they're doubling down on searching for her and expanding to as far as Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta and even parts of Alabama.
"We know that the citizens of this community can help us-- eyes, ears--that's what we're hoping for," Campbell explained.
They took the day on Saturday to hand out hundreds of flyers to anyone who passed.
"We're hoping that someone has seen her. We're just hoping that this will put a visual aid, something tangible for people to carry along with them as a reminder."
Atkins who suffers from diabetes and dementia was last seen driving a gray colored 1999 GMC Sierra on Highway 58. Family members say she was following a caravan of vehicles to their family farm when they believe she may have taken a wrong turn.
"It's just to point out where that vehicle is we don't know how to even begin or where to search," her grandson Terry Hanner Jr. told Channel 3.
Her daughter, Tonya, says without her medications, the concern for her mother's safety continues to grow.
"Basically we don't know what status she is right now. I'm just hoping she's wandering somewhere and that somebody will see her and recognize and call."
Despite obstacles like a lack of an electronic trail to follow on the elderly woman, they have no intention of giving up.
"She does not bank. She doesn't have a cell phone. It means the world to us. She's our matriarch so we want her back. We want her back whole. We just want Geneva found," Campbell continued.
Atkins is 5'2" and 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white colored top. She was driving a truck with the license plate 158-JSP.
If you see her you're asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 423-622-0022.