MISSING WOMAN CASE

Family steps up efforts in Gann case


Published: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 12:21 a.m.
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Evelyn Freeman looks down at the posters describing the disappearance of her daughter, Sandra Alderman-Gann. Freeman drove from Jacksonville to distribute posters in Bradford County.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to The Sun
Sandra Gann's family put up new posters around Bradford County on Sunday, hoping to reinvigorate the search for the woman who disappeared in early January.
"We know that someone out there knows something and that little something - that little piece of information - may be exactly what is needed to solve this," said Gann's sister, Vicky Amos of Jacksonville.
Amos said she and other family members were encouraged by the organization Families in Need of Direction - FIND - to put up new posters to keep the situation before the community.
Gann, 48, was reported missing Jan. 6 by her daughter, Vicky Parker or Jacksonville. Parker said she went to the Bradford County Sheriff's Office for help because it was way out of character for Gann to be out of touch with family members for more than a day.
The case was assigned to Lt. Kenneth Hinds.
"The solving of this case now will be finding her, whatever her condition or status or wherever she is at," Hinds said. "Right now there is nothing to do but sit back and wait until something else comes up. We have checked every sighting - and there have been very few - and we have no more leads to follow right now."
Hinds and Sgt. Robert Futch determined that Gann was last seen at the mobile home where she lived with her husband, Dwayne Edward Gann, 44, at 20070 NW 77th Place. A family friend told investigators he saw both of the Ganns the afternoon of Jan. 4. Dwayne Gann said someone he didn't see picked up his wife for work on the morning of Jan. 5.
During the evening of Jan. 5, the Ganns' mobile home was destroyed by fire, but Dwayne Gann did not mention to firefighters or deputies on the scene that his wife had failed to return from her job as an hourly worker at a construction site. Hinds said an arson investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office was inconclusive.
After Parker reported her mother missing, Dwayne Gann and his sister Deborah Sue Starling, 46, were named as "persons of interest" by Sheriff Bob Milner. The siblings were questioned about the case following their arrests on unrelated charges.
Starling remained in the county jail over the weekend on charges of failing to appear in court, but Gann was released after paying $2,000 in back child support in a Clay County case.
Anyone with information about Sandra Gann's disappearance is asked to call the Bradford County Sheriff's Office at (904) 966-6380. The Jacksonville-based Justice Coalition is offering a $1,000 reward for information on Gann's whereabouts.
Karen Voyles can be reached at (352) 486-5058 or voylesk@gvillesun.com.

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