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'A nightmare:' Local family pleading for help to find missing grandmother

Deanne Shirey (Shirey's family)

A local family is pleading for your help to find a missing grandmother from Thomasville, Georgia who hasn’t been seen in almost a week.

Deanne Shirey, 70, has family from West Palm Beach and Vero Beach. They have traveled nearly 400 miles to make a public plea, and don’t plan on returning until she’s found.

“This whole process is a nightmare,” said Nick Abuisi, husband of Shirey’s daughter, Paula. “This is incredibly hard for us to just stand around and pray, and wait for mom to come home.”

Loved ones say Shirey once lived in Palm Beach County from the 1980s to the early 2000s. She worked at a Publix in the Town of Palm Beach at one point.

She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren between Florida and Georgia.

“We’ve gone into businesses with our flyer, they made their own flyer, we cried with business owners, we prayed with business owner and we thank them,” Abuisi said.

Thomasville police say 46-year-old Robert Lee Carter II is wanted for questioning in connection to her disappearance. He is considered armed and dangerous. He was just charged with aggravated assault with the intent to murder, rape or rob a Georgia woman in an attack last month. He is believed to be traveling in a white 2007 Toyota Tacoma with the Georgia tag AJN1924.

Investigators scoured Carter’s home Friday afternoon, just blocks away from Shirey’s place.

“The family has been as strong as they can be. They are obviously very close, close to their mother, you know they’re seeking closure,” said Capt. Maurice Holmes of the Thomasville Police Department.

Loved ones tell CBS12 they last heard from Shirey on Sunday. Two days later, investigators discovered her maroon Honda CR-V with her phone and purse in Tallahassee, a place where relatives say she wouldn’t go to because none of her family members lives there.

Anyone with information about Deanna is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at 800-891-4200 or the Thomasville Police Department at 229-225-4151.

If you see Carter, do not approach and call 911.

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