People who know Reality Winner react to federal investigation

Published: Jun. 6, 2017 at 6:53 PM EDT
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O'Clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A look at Reality Winners' social media gives a glimpse of who she is, like a work out enthusiast, but nothing would lead the people around her to believe she could do this.

"Just shocked like I guess anyone who knows her would be," Glenn Whelan said, co-owner of EPIC.

Whelan knows Reality from seeing her in his gym and nothing about her would stand out.

"She would just do her workout, she'd go in the back, she'd pound some weights just like everybody else and she would leave," he said.

That's how neighbors describe her too, quiet and mostly kept to herself, but never a problem.

"Not at all, I mean she was a little quiet, but that's her personality I would assume," Whelan said.

On Friday afternoon though neighbors say they saw ten to twelve unmarked cars outside her house around 4 O'Clock, just a couple hours after she made her last post on Facebook.

"You are what you love, not who loves you," Winner wrote on Facebook.

Her step dad and mother both crushed by the news, say Reality's social media posts don't really tell who she is, saying she's a patriot. Neither her parents or people around her life noticed any change. Whelan says when she was in the gym it was just about working out.

"I didn't hangout with her outside of here, so I didn't really know what she did. I knew she was probably military, but I didn't know what her job now was," he said.

An unassuming lifestyle now leaving people to make their own assumptions.

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