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UPDATE 8/8/14 @ 8:40 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The family of a missing Lawrence County woman said she's reached out to them for help.

Kim Little, 55, vanished Tuesday after her family says she left work to run several errands.

Investigators said her cell phone would not work, and she never made it to the post office or the bank to drop off a deposit.

Late Friday, Kim's daughter, Leslie Board, told WSAZ.com her mother called her stepfather, Mark Little, from an unknown number -- upset and confused.

Board said her mother told him she "believes she's somewhere in the area of St. Augustine or Orlando, Florida," but has no idea how she got there.

Kim's daughter also said her mother's parents lived in St. Augustine for years.

Investigators said Kim was spotted on surveillance video Tuesday at a West Virginia Turnpike tollbooth.

Sheriff's officials said it appeared she was heading southbound.

Her family said Kim has no history of memory loss or a medical condition like amnesia, but it appears she's very frazzled.

"She didn't seem to have a concept of time right now," Board said.

Board said her stepfather spoke to Kim for 15 to 20 minutes and is now headed to Florida to meet her.

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UPDATE 8/7/14 @ 6:19 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The search has ended for a woman reported missing earlier this week from Lawrence County, Ohio.

The sheriff said he, as well as the family, believes Kim Little, 55, left of her own free will.

Now, they're waiting anxiously for her to call or come home.

"We love you unconditionally, unconditionally, where you don't have to be all things to all people, we love you the way you are, just for who you are," said Kim's husband, Mark Little.

Kim's family is making a plea for her to return home soon.

The search for the grandmother and wife came to an end after new surveillance video surfaced from a West Virginia tollbooth.

The Lawrence County Sheriff said it shows Kim driving of her own free will, heading south Tuesday morning.

He said the timing matches up to her disappearance earlier this week.

"My knees buckled, I was just ecstatic because that answered a question, she's still alive, she's okay," Little said.

Her husband said she could be headed to the beach or some place to get away from the stress of everyday life.

The couple runs a heating and cooling business in Lawrence County.

"We still don't know, it's not completely finished, but we've still got a leg up on where we think that this is going to go," said Little.

Still, family members said emotions are raw, considering all the possibilities.

"You've cried tears and then you've thought thoughts you probably shouldn't think, but you can't stop from going through your mind," her husband said.

But the next part could be the hardest: waiting.

"We want her to know that none of this is important, the important thing is that she's here with us," he said.

Her husband said he got a call from the sheriff's office early Thursday to look at the video.

He said it was clear, from the license plate and her silhouette, it was Kim and their SUV.

The Lawrence County Sheriff said Kim Little would not face criminal charges in this situation because she left of her own free will.

He also said though they have called off the search, they will leave Kim's name in a database so authorities can be on the lookout for her and make sure she is okay.

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UPDATE 8/7/14 @ 2 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff now says he believes that Kimberly Little “left on her own free will.”

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says a video shows Little’s SUV in West Virginia, within one and a half hours of the time she was reported to have left her business.

Sheriff Lawless say the video shows Mrs. Little is traveling alone and there are no signs she is in danger.

Investigators said Little, 55, of Proctorville, disappeared Tuesday after she left work to run errands. This was about 9:30 a.m. She said she was going to the bank and post office.

Lawless says her husband has also seen the video and confirms it is her. He also believes she left of her own free will.

Sheriff Lawless says his office will cease its intense investigation, but keep Mrs. Little entered in the NCIC computer so that if another police agency has contact with her they can check her well being.

“We still want to make sure she is ok,” says Lawless. “She has a lot of people concerned abut her and we hope she reaches out to them soon.”

Lawless adds that Mrs. Little is an adult and is free to leave if she chooses. She will not face any criminal charges if and when she returns home.

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UPDATE 8/7/14 @ 12:14 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The search continues for a missing Lawrence County woman, as family members hold out hope she'll be found safe.

Investigators said Kim Little, 55, disappeared Tuesday after she left work to run errands.

She said she was going to the bank and post office, but there's no evidence she made it to either location.

Thursday morning, Kim's daughter, Leslie Board, told WSAZ.com she and her family have been retracing her mother's steps.

She said they've visited the bank and the post office.

Beyond that, she said they've extended the search for her across three states, hoping to find her.

Board said Wednesday night, the family explored Yeager Airport and the parking lot there, looking for any kind of clues.

She also said her mother may have been spotted at an Office Depot on Route 60 in Cabell County later Tuesday morning.

The Lawrence County Sheriff wouldn't confirm that information for WSAZ.com, but said they are taking a closer look at video from several areas.

If you have any information, call 911.

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UPDATE 8/6/14 @ 7:06 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators are searching for a missing woman in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Lawrence County Sheriff's officials said Kim Little, 55, disappeared Tuesday after she left work to run several errands.

They said she never arrived at the bank to make her usual deposit, and it doesn't appear she went to the Post Office either.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless said they are looking into whether she may have been targeted because of her routine.

Tuesday evening, Little's cell phone still went to voicemail.

Meanwhile, the sheriff said the phone company continues to "ping" the device for location.

Her family said they're searching for her across the region and looking for clues about where she is.

"We've got to find her. We need her; all her grandkids need her. She's a part of our everyday life. She's the glue that holds this family together," said Leslie Board.

This search is unlike any other in Leslie Board's life. She's looking for her mother, Kim Little.

"She's a creature of habit. She comes to work, she runs her errands every morning and is usually right back," Board said.

But Tuesday morning, the loving grandmother and wife vanished.

A text to her husband, around 9:30 a.m., was the last time she contacted anyone.

"Then, after that, her phone's been off," Board said. "It goes straight to voicemail. There's nothing missing. Everything is exactly where it's supposed to be."

Investigators said she never made it to the bank in Proctorville, and they're looking into whether she stopped at the Post Office in Guyandotte.

Late Tuesday, Little's family told WSAZ.com she may have been spotted at an Office Depot near Target off Route 60 in Cabell County between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.

"She's always thinking about other people, always. That's why I know she wouldn't do this to us," Board said.

Board said she doesn't know what's happened, but they aren't giving up.

"We have had people out all night long, all day yesterday day, all day today. We've went everywhere from Ashland to Charleston," she said.

In her mother's positive spirit, she said they're hoping for the best.

"I have to do what I can to get the word out so someone can find her," Board said.

Little was last seen driving a white 2006 Toyota Sequoia with Ohio tags: EBB 9383.

If you see Kim Little or that vehicle, you are asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office or your local 911 agency.



UPDATE 8/6/14 @ 10:15 a.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The investigation continues into a missing woman from Proctorville, Ohio.

Kimberly Little, 55, was last seen Tuesday morning about 9:30 a.m. when she left the family business, Curry and Johnson Heating and Cooling, heading to the post office and bank.

Little was driving a 2006 white, Toyota Sequoia with Ohio license EBB 9383.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says Little was going to the post office across the river in Guyandotte, and the bank in Proctorville.

Lawless says personnel at the bank say Mrs. Little did not make it there.

The Sheriff says they believe her cell phone is turned off. He tells WSAZ.com the last activity was a text message about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Lawless says the cell phone provider continues to “ping” the phone every 15 minutes to see if it gets turned back on.

Investigators also say none of her credit cards have been used.

“This is a close family and no one thinks she would just leave the area,” says Lawless. “Our investigation shows no known marital or family issues that cause us concern.”

Mrs. Little also has no known medical or mental issues.

Kimberly Little is 5’7” with short brown hair and blue eyes.

She was reported missing about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

If you have any information about her whereabouts, you're asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff' Office or your local 911 agency



ORIGINAL STORY 8/5/14 @ 11 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A woman is missing from Lawrence County, and the Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding her.

Kim Little has been missing since about 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. Sheriff Jeff Lawless said she was last seen in Proctorville, Ohio, after leaving work to go to the bank and post office.

Deputies are trying to use signals from Little's cell phone to pinpoint where she might be.

Little was driving a white Toyota Sequoia with Ohio license EBB 9383.

If you have any information about her whereabouts, you're asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff' Office or your local 911 agency.


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