Search continues for missing teenager
by Wes Mayer
Amy Ellis, who was reported missing on March 9, has been in touch with her parents, according to Coweta authorities.
Investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office have learned Ellis’ mother receives some texts from Ellis, who asked her mother to leave her alone, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Ellis, 17, was last seen on March 6 getting into a red pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger, on the 100-block of Holly Drive in Carrollton. Ellis allegedly said she was going to Alabama and would not return until she was 18.
According to Yarbrough, Ellis was possibly seen recently at a Walmart in Villa Rica, but it is unclear exactly where she is. Because Ellis is 17 and in that gray area of not being a juvenile, if they do locate her, all authorities can do is check on her well-being, Yarbrough said. Ellis is still listed in the NCIC — the National Crime Information Center — as a missing person.
Starting late February, Ellis, with permission from her father, began living with a woman in Carrollton named Melissa, according to the sheriff’s office. Melissa was supposed to tutor Ellis and drive her back and forth to Newnan High School every day, but Ellis’ father later discovered Ellis had not been attending school. Ellis texted her father that she would come home on March 7, but never did.
Ellis is described as 4 feet , 10 inches tall, weighs around 95 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Ellis has been asked to contact the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502.