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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.

  2. June Musto on July 2, 2018 at 12:36 am

    This is a bunch of bull… She invited my grandchildren to her home in W Va to enjoy her pond and goats. Yes she is a survivalist but she let me know that I should keep the kids away and if I didn’t want to see her butcher a chicken for dinner to walk away. I have worked in law enforcement as a dispatcher for 30 years and life member with a volunteer first aid squad as an EMT… I never saw any type of mental disability, just a survivalist like my brother in law and husband.. Open your eyes… Something is not right! My husband thought she was an awesome person. She told him you want goat milk then come here and learn how to get your own. My husband and I Don’t believe she is alive because those who care would of heard from her. Look for her ! I refuse to accept she doesn’t want to be found… Get a cadaver K-9 dog and look again….. Don’t give up… This is coming from a wife married 40 years and my husband talked a lot about her and still I had no insecurities because of her. Please look for her.. Don’t give up !!!

  3. Gail Trent on July 17, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Where did all this info about her come from ? For those of us who know her, we know she is not a danger to others. Please look again.

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