Mother of three still missing out of Edgefield County

Published: Sep. 24, 2014 at 11:44 PM EDT
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News 12 at 11 O'Clock / Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

MERRIWEATHER, S.C. (WRDW) -- Investigators in Edgefield County are hoping text messages can lead the way to a mother who's been missing for four days.

Tammy Kingery has not been seen since Saturday when she walked away from her Merriwether home. Even though the police are still looking for Tammy, her husband tells News 12 no search can move fast enough.

Investigators have circled the woods by plane and on foot, but still no clarity on where a missing mother of three could be.

"I just wish things could happen faster," Park Kingery, Tammy's husband, said.

He said even though the Sheriff's Office began searching right after she was reported missing, they haven't found any leads.

"I understand that there's so many people working on it and it takes times to do things and they got other cases they are working on, but this is to me is the only important case and nothing can be fast enough," he told News 12.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation and said the latest reported sightings at Clark Hill and along I-20 and Riverwatch were not Tammy Kingery.

"SLED's on it. The surrounding states are notified and all the hospitals," Park told News 12.

SLED, South Carolina's law enforcement agency, is helping the sheriff's office. This week bordering agencies and all area hospitals were put on alert. The day Kingery was reported missing SLED brought in a helicopter and bloodhounds to help search.

"I don't know if she realizes how many people love her and how many friends she really has. Everyone just wants her home and safe, especially the kids and me," Park told News 12.

Investigators do have a note Kingery left in the house Saturday morning.

"She left a note saying she was going for a walk and would be back soon," he said.

Park said the handwriting was not erratic or panicked, but investigators say some text messages from her phone have been deleted and they're getting a warrant to check them out.

The Sheriff's Office does not have any planned search parties this week, but they're asking anyone with information to call the Edgefield County Sheriff's office.