Police say missing woman could be armed

Two days after a massive search began for missing Bledsoe County woman, authorities are now saying Stephanie Tyson is a “prepper” that may not want to be found. Bledsoe County Sgt. George Hodge said Tyson could be armed and mentally unstable due to not being on her psychiatric medication.

“She could possibly have two pistols with her and a survival bag,” Sgt. Hodge said. “Her boyfriend and family said she is a ‘prepper’ and stocks food and ammunition.”

Sgt. Hodge said Tyson had previously been on psychiatric medication and authorities are unsure if she has been taking it. He adds that is the reason the Sheriff’s Department is not sending out more search crews due to the possibility of harm.

She is described as a white female, 5’3”, and 140 lbs. If spotted, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 423-447-5555.

Hodge added the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department and Rescue Squad appreciate the help from surrounding counties during the search this week.

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  1. Joyce Brownlee on May 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Please don’t stop looking for her. Something doesn’t add up. People that care about her are amazed with what is being written about her. She is a giving person and a christian.

    • Melissa Hickman on June 2, 2018 at 1:30 am

      I agree with you, Joyce. This lady is a blessing in my life. I keep praying she shows up at my door. I’d would hug her harder than I ever have, and I thank God we hugged and said I love you every time we spoke. Her laugh is all I hear every time Andy Griffith comes on. If she’d show up, I’d but her the entire set.

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