Lowndes County woman missing

January 22, 2014 10:22:11 AM

Sarah Fowler - [email protected]


A 40-year-old Artesia woman is missing. 


Shondra Rice was last seen Monday morning leaving her Front Street home in Artesia, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department. 


She was reported missing by her husband around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Rice's husband had "no idea" where she was going, said Investigator Ryan Rickert. 


"She had to be at work at 4 p.m. but she did not leave in her uniform," Rickert said. "She said she would be back in a little bit and no one has heard form her since." 


Rice is described as a black female about five feet, five inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue sweat pants and a red pullover T-shirt, according to scanner traffic. She is driving a beige GMC Envoy with license plate LTY076. Her cellphone has been turned off and is going straight to voicemail, Rickert said. 


Rice is the mother of two small children.  


"She's a fun-loving lady who loves her kids and her family and just disappeared," Rickert said. "We don't know why she would do this or why somebody would make this happen. We're hoping it turns out OK." 


Anyone with information regarding Rice's disappearance is asked to call 911 or the sheriff's department at 662-328-1136.

Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.