Missing woman found, now in ICU

by John A. Winters

A 58-year-old woman reported missing since Tuesday morning was found alive late that night in Heard County.

Martha Irene Hemmings left her residence sometime after 9:30 a.m., according to a Newnan Police Department report. She was believed to be driving a black 2006 Ford Fusion and last seen at 31 Mansour Circle in Newnan.

A family member out looking for her spotted Hemmings' vehicle behind a small church in Heard County, but it was empty, said Police Chief Buster Meadows. Sheriff's deputies from Heard County were called in and Hemmings was found out in the woods behind the church.

She was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where she was still in intensive care on Wednesday, the chief said.

Police classified her as an "endangered missing person" and sent out photos of her to media throughout the area Tuesday.

“Hemmings left her cell phone, debit card, and all other property to include her wedding rings, which she had labeled to whom they should be given to. Hemmings is considered an endangered missing person,” authorities said.

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