Missing Hollywood woman's car found in Ridgeland

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 13, 2014 

A car belonging to Julia Mudgett, a Hollywood woman missing since May 6, has been found at a boat landing in Ridgeland, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Foul play is suspected in Mudgett's disappearance, according a news release. No suspects have been detained.

Mudgett's maroon 2002 Hyundai Elantra was towed back to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office from Tuten Landing Road so that it could be combed for evidence after it was discovered Monday night.

Authorities in Beaufort, Bluffton and Jasper counties are working with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office to find Mudgett.

Divers searched Boyds Creek near the boat landing for about four hours Tuesday morning. The search continued in other parts of northern Beaufort County and was suspended at about 5 p.m., according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office had issued a news release Monday asking the public to look out for Mudgett's car.

Sgt. Robin McIntosh said the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is assisting Charleston County authorities in the investigation, but she declined to comment further.

Capt. Joseph Manning said the Bluffton Police Department has been in contact with Charleston County officers investigating Mudgett's disappearance. The agencies are trying to determine if her case is linked to the death of Polly Mitchell, an elderly Bluffton woman found dead in her home Monday.

"I can't say yet if there are any links between the two cases," Manning said. "There is some indication we might have similar interests, but we are just trying to find out what they are."

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