Family offers $5,000 reward for info on missing woman

By Thomas Wilson

   The family of a missing Carter County woman has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts and return.
   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 Friday that the investigation was continuing, but no concrete leads had been established thus far.
   "We are continuing to interview family and friends to see if anyone knows anything," he said.
   Police have said they could not confirm or rule out whether foul play was involved in her disappearance.
   According to interviews, Bowers said Woods was last seen on Jan. 14. She had reported to her job at Appalachian Christian Village retirement community in Johnson City on that date, he said.
   "She left her car at a friend's house on Bear Branch Road, the friend drove her back to her residence," he said. That was the last time anyone has seen Woods.
   Woods is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 145 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Family members have told 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.
   The sheriff's department has listed Woods as a missing person with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and filed her profile with the National Crime Information Center.
   Anyone with information about Roberta Woods or her whereabouts is asked to contact the Carter County Sheriff's Department at 543-2211 or 542-1896, or contact Roger Woods at 725-4109.