Police searching for missing county woman

By Thomas Wilson

STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com

   A Carter County woman is missing and police are asking for the public's assistance to find her.
   Roberta Woods, 59, has not been seen or heard from by family or friends since Jan. 14, 2003. Investigator Lt. Randy Bowers of the Carter County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that the investigation could not confirm or rule out whether foul play was involved in her disappearance at this point.
   "We sincerely don't know," said Bowers. "She has just vanished." He said a friend had reported seeing Woods at her residence on the date she disappeared.
   Woods is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 145 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Bowers said Woods does have family in another state; however, an investigation has not led to finding any more clues.
   Family members advised police that it would be out of character for Woods to leave without notifying someone. Woods did not suffer from physical ailments or impairments, according to family members.
   Elzy Caraway, of Elizabethton, who identified himself as Woods' first cousin, told the Star earlier this month that a relative talked to Woods on the telephone in mid-January. That was the last contact family members had with her, according to Caraway.
   "There is nobody seen her since," he said. "Her picture was posted in Hampton and Roan Mountain and somebody tore them down. That's the only thing I've heard since she was gone. We don't know where she went or what happened to her."
   Bowers said the department had listed Woods as a missing person with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and filed her profile with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
   Anyone with information about Roberta Woods or her whereabouts is asked to contact the Carter County Sheriff's Department at 542-1896 or 542-1894.