HOMESCHOOL MOM NEAR ATLANTA, GA, MURDERED
compiled by Wayne S. Walker
Along with a link to the item below, Kathy Matthews posted the following note on the Church of Christ Homeschoolers list on Wed., July, 26, 2006.
“HELP NEEDED! HOMESCHOOL MOM MISSING! NOT A JOKE – PLEASE PASS ON!
“The Silver Comet Trail is a popular place for walkers, joggers, and bikers. It goes through parts of Cobb and Paulding counties, and as far away as Rockmart. The portion in Cobb County goes behind several housing areas, with some houses backing up directly onto it.
“Please add her to your prayer list – she attends North Point Community Church here in Alpharetta and taught English at our daughter's Friday classes at Johnson Ferry Baptist.”
Also included was this note from Kelly Ling that was posted on the AlphaHome Yahoogroups List.
“My sister just called me and told me that a well-known homeschool mom is missing in Cobb County! Jenny Ewing is well-known in the homeschool community – she has held classes at her home for homeschoolers in Sandy Springs, etc and is known by many homeschoolers on this list. Last time they saw her was at 1 PM on Tuesday.
“If anyone can help and join the search for her today, it is greatly needed! Or put up posters, etc. You can contact the Cobb or Smyrna police numbers listed in the article. Please pray for Jenny Ewing to be found!”
The link was to the following item that was reported on News 11 Website: WXIA-TV, Atlanta, GA.
PD Look for Missing Woman in Cobb
Reported By: Elaine Reyes
7/26/2006 11:16:38 AM
Police in Smyrna are looking for a missing 54-year-old woman, last seen at the Silver Comet Trail Tuesday afternoon.
Friends and family of Jennifer Ewing, the missing woman, continue to turn out to search for her. Smyrna Police, as well as other local police agencies, are leading the search effort.
Ewing was last seen Tuesday around 1:00 p.m., riding her bicycle on the trail. Her family told 11Alive that she usually bikes about 25 miles down the trail, then turns around and bikes back, the journey beginning and ending at the trail head in Smyrna, near Nickajack Elementary School.
Ewings family attempted to contact her via cellphone starting around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, and continued through the night, but to no avail. Her vehicle, a Honda minivan, was found undisturbed at the trail head; police have taken the vehicle to search it for clues to her disappearance. Ewings sons went to the trail head about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night to check for the car, which led her husband Jim to believe that she had never returned to the vehicle.
Ewings sons and some other family members searched through the overnight hours. When the sun came up Wednesday, Smyrna Police, along with Cobb Police, Powder Springs Police, and Paulding County Police, started searching in earnest.
Anyone who has seen Jennifer Ewing since Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. is asked to call Smyrna Police at 770-434-9481 or Cobb Police at 770-499-3900. ( http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=82474 )
However, later in the day, Kathy Matthews posted a follow up item on the Church of Christ Homeschoolers list.
“Thank you for your prayers but her body has just been found.”
She also included note that had been sent out from someone in the Home Education Resource saying, “I just heard 'breaking news' that she's been found dead. It's hard to find words for the sadness and horror of something like this!” There was also a link to the following:
Action News 1 Website, WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA
Police Believe Body Is Missing Woman
July 26, 2006
SMYRNA — Officials in Paulding County found a woman's body Wednesday along the Silver Comet Trail, and a Smyrna Police Department spokesman said was believed to be that of a missing 54-year-old woman.
Jennifer Ewing of Sandy Springs had gone riding on the trail on Tuesday, but failed to return home.
Police say they believe that Ewing was murdered — and that her body showed signs of trauma. Officials say they first found her shorts around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning before finding her partially clothed body.
Officials say they believe it was a random murder and that they do have several leads.
“What we believe to be the body of Jennifer Ewing” has been found in Paulding County, Smyrna spokesman Sgt. Robert Harvey said.
“The body has not been positively identified by the GBI.”
Harvey said he believed Ewing's bicycle was also found, but said he had few details of the discovery somewhere in Paulding County.
“Paulding County is working on it,” he said. “Her family has been notified.”
Ewing's husband, Jim Ewing, said her silver Honda minivan was found by family members after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Ewing made a 50-mile round trip on the trail three to four times a week, family members said.
The Silver Comet Trail begins about 13 miles northwest of Atlanta. It runs 57 miles from Smyrna to the state line along an abandoned freight rail corridor, winding through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties.
( http://www.wsbtv.com/news/9576152/detail.html ; Copyright 2006 by WSBTV.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report)
HOMESCHOOL MOM NEAR ATLANTA, GA, MURDERED