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While investigators from two states try to get information out of the last person known to have seen a missing mother of four, well-wishers on Sunday kept a social media page dedicated to Desia Rae George lit up with Mother’s Day wishes.
On Sunday alone, there were 26 posts to the “Find Desia Rae George” page on Facebook, not counting other thoughts and prayers not specific to the holiday.
“I have had Desia Rae and her mom and sister on my mind all day,” wrote Lisa Hanks Myers. “I can not imagine the pain that they are feeling in their heart and the kids on this special day. God be with you all.”
Other messages were similar, offering comfort to George’s family and expressing hopes for her safe return.
George, 33, of Fries, has been missing one month as of today, Wednesday.
Police say the last person to see her on April 15 was Matthew Steven Jones, 34, of Asheboro, N.C. — the father of her youngest child and a suspect in police custody after his arrest in connection with a North Carolina bank robbery.
Jones is being held in the Randolph County (N.C.) Jail on a $300,000 secured bond, according to a report in the Courier-Tribune newspaper in Asheboro, N.C.
Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said investigators from Carroll traveled to Randolph County to interview Jones about George, but he has refused to talk to police and has requested an attorney.
Jones has not been charged in connection with George’s disappearance, only named a “person of interest” by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.
In North Carolina, he is charged with several offenses in connection with the robbery of The Fidelity Bank in Ramseur on April 29 — common law robbery, financial card theft, financial card fraud, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm.
George’s four children — including her 2-month-old daughter with Jones — are reportedly being cared for by relatives in the Galax/Fries area.
George’s family has set up a website, www.facebook.com/finddesiaraegeorge, and has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to her being found.
Gardner has asked for the public’s continued help with any information that could be helpful to the investigation.