Authorities searching for missing St. Helena Island woman

cconley@ilsandpacket.comAugust 25, 2012 

Zenobia Simmons

Authorities searched by land, air and sea this weekend for a St. Helena Island woman missing since early Friday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office .

Zenobia Pauline Simmons, 46, was last seen Friday morning at her Vineyard Point Road home. She was reported missing at about 6:30 p.m. after family members could find or reach her, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said in a news release.

At this point, authorities do not believe foul play is involved, McIntosh said.

Investigators say Simmons is not employed in the area in the area and does not have access to a vehicle. She left behind her personal belongings, including her cell phone, according to family members.

Simmons travels back and forth between St. Helena and Atlanta and arrived in the area on Wednesday, according to her sister, Lillian Simmons.

Sheriff's deputies K-9 units searched for Simmons Friday night and Saturday morning. The search efforts have also included a S.C. Law Enforcement Division helicopter and the sheriff's department's Marine Patrol.

A SLED spokeswoman was unable to provide an update Saturday evening on the day's search. McIntosh did not immediately return phone calls or emails.

Simmons is an African American woman about five-feet-three inches tall. She weighs about 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue nightgown, McIntosh said.

Anyone with information can call the Beaufort County dispatch center at 843-524-2777. The Simmons family can be reached at 843-812-3942.

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