Families Search For Missing Chattanooga Mother

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 11/12/2012 7:27 pm
Amy Yates wants you to remember this blonde haired, blue eyed woman; it's the face of her sister, Dana Wilkes.

Amy Yates adds, "She would not miss work. That's the one thing, if she went a couple days without talking to us, I can understand that, but she would not miss work."

But that is what happened Saturday morning.

She missed her shift at her dialysis clinic off 3rd Street.

Any Yates tells us that has not happened in her 14-year career.

Michael Yates, Amy's husband, adds, "Big red flag right there."

Friday night was the last time anyone heard from Wilkes.

Amy Yates adds, "She relayed to her mother that she was about to go to bed, she had to be at work 5:30 Saturday morning."

But neighbors tell us Wilkes did not go to bed, she actually left in her Jeep.

Amy Yates adds, "I don't know if she opened the door to someone, and someone forced her to go somewhere, but she would give someone a ride."

Police found her Jeep Saturday night on Wilcox Boulevard, just two miles from her home, no keys and no Wilkes in sight.

Amy Yates says, "Wherever she is, we know she can't survive without her insulin, so wherever she is, if she's alive or dead, we know she can't survive without her insulin this long."

Police found Wilkes' insulin at her home.

Yates says if that was not strange enough, her apartment door was left unlocked, and her once active phone now has a voicemail box not set up.

Amy Yates says, "If she is alive, I feel like she's either in the woods somewhere, we don't want to think that or she's being held against her will."

Michael Yates adds, "We're praying. We ask that everyone pray."
Family members are also in the process of distributing more than 500 flyers.

They also set up a Facebook page.

Now, Wilkes jeep was impounded by police, and they're now in the process of lining up their k-9 dogs to search for her.

We will be following this story and bring you more information as soon as it is available.

If you know where Wilkes is, call Chattanooga Police.
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