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Car similar to one missing Covington woman driving found off I-20
Yolanda Brown
Covington resident Yolanda Brown had been missing since Sept. 3.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton sheriff’s deputies said they found a vehicle off I-20 Monday, Sept. 12, that has some similarities to one Covington resident Yolanda Brown drove before she went missing recently.

The vehicle was transported to the GBI headquarters in Decatur for a thorough investigation, said spokesman Sgt. Jack Redlinger of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Numerous media reports also stated a body was found in the vehicle but Redlinger said he could not confirm those reports.

“I cannot comment as to the contents of the vehicle or if a body was located inside the vehicle. This is an active ongoing investigation and Yolanda Brown is still considered missing,” he said.

At about 2:19 p.m., Monday, deputies located a vehicle off the roadway in the woods off I-20 westbound in Newton County, Redlinger said. 

“The vehicle has some similarities as that of Yolanda Brown’s vehicle,” he said.

Police cruisers lined the side of I-20 near the Alcovy Road exit and a TV news helicopter hovered over the area following the discovery.

Brown has been missing since leaving the Irish Bred Pub in Hapeville in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, family members said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Georgia State Patrol officers lifted off from Covington Municipal Airport Sept. 7 in a helicopter as part of the search over the Newton County area. 

Deputies then searched I-20 at Almon Road on foot Sept. 8 for evidence relating to Brown's disappearance.

Brown, 53, drives a 2020 black Chevy Impala with Georgia tag CUQ6437. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt dress with the number 10 on it in white, a bracelet, a watch and sneakers, the sheriff’s office said.

WSB-TV reported a surveillance video showed Brown leaving the bar in the early hours of Sept. 3. Family members said the video showed her talking to a man for two hours inside her car before he exits the vehicle, gets into an SUV and follows Brown out of the parking lot.

An attorney for the family said Brown’s cell phone “pinged” from a location in Newton County.

Family members also are concerned about her health because she suffers from lupus and PTSD, Fox 5 News reported.

Her daughter, Mickie Nutall-Woodard, wrote on her Facebook page that, "This is not in her character to disappear."

"Family extremely worried," she wrote. 

"A man from the pub said she asked him to 'follow her home' and he stated he lost sight of her enroute. Her car, also missing," Nutall-Woodard wrote.

Brown is described as 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, with black hair, brown or hazel eyes, and braces.

Those with any information regarding Brown are asked to call Newton County Sheriff's Office Investigator Simmons at 678-625-1453.