COVINGTON, Ga. — Police and family members are searching for a woman who hasn’t been seen since she called relatives from a borrowed cellphone at a gas station.
Janet D. Bell-Thompson, 25, of Social Circle, went to a court hearing at the Newton County Judicial Building on May 24, but she had the wrong date.
If you see Janet D. Bell-Thompson or know anything about her whereabouts, you're asked to call 911, Smyrna police at 770-434-9481 or Social Circle police at 770-464-2366.
Social Circle police Chief Tyrone Oliver said Bell-Thompson called her mother, Debora E. Bell, to let her know about the hearing being canceled. That night, Bell-Thompson apparently borrowed a cellphone from a man at a gas station in Smyrna and called her mother.
“The male confirmed a female asked to use his phone,” Oliver said. “She walked off and hasn’t seen her since.”
Oliver said Smyrna police spoke to the man whose phone was used to call Bell-Thompson’s family. They confirmed he had no connection, other than he lent her the phone.
Bell-Thompson is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, according to her mother. “She doesn’t look like she’s 90 pounds right now,” Bell said.
Bell-Thompson is black with hazel eyes. Her mother said the young woman was last seen wearing a long green dress that makes her eyes appear more of a green shade. She was also wearing a bonnet described as off-white or gold.
“What she’s got on in that picture (provided to police and the newspaper) is the last known set of clothing that she has,” Bell said. “She’s got a tattoo on her right upper back and one on the left lower back, like kind of on the side of her back. Then she’s got a birthmark on her right armpit, like on her chest wall. It’s probably two times a half-dollar size, and it’s really dark brown.
“She’s got on her right thigh, like two dark brown scars, I would say about 1 inch, and there’s two of them on the right leg, and then on the right thigh, she’s got a burn mark, and then I would say above the left knee, on the side, she’s got suture marks.”
Bell said her daughter has bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders, making it more imperative she be found.
Oliver said the Smyrna Police Department is the lead agency and Social Circle police are working in conjunction with Smyrna officers.
Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911, Smyrna police at 770-434-9481 or Social Circle police at 770-464-2366.