Woman who lives off Tower Road reported missing

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.

The disappearance of a mentally disabled woman who has been missing since November is causing concern among family members who just learned of the disappearance.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of Julie Ann Cannon-Spates, who was last seen Nov. 19, spokesman Art Forgey said.

Cannon-Spates' sister, Josephine Cannon, said that Cannon-Spates lives with her daughter, Jennifer Cowart. Whenever family members tried to contact Cannon-Spates, they were told she was not in the apartment, Cannon said.

Family members became more insistent, Cannon said, and on Saturday -- Cannon-Spates' birthday -- learned from Cowart that she had not been seen since November.

Cannon said her sister left her purse with her medication, cell phone and other belongings in the house.

"She brings that purse everywhere. The medication is for her mental illness and an ulcer," Cannon said. "We've been checking places where she always goes. Nobody has been able to find her."

Cannon-Spates lives at The Villas off Tower Road. She used the bus as transportation, which she would often take to the Burger King on Newberry Road. Cannon said they checked the places she often visited and spoke with homeless people downtown to learn if anyone had seen her -- all with no luck.

Forgey said Cowart told a deputy that Cannon-Spates left the morning of Nov. 19 when everyone else was sleeping. A gray jacket belonging to Cannon-Spates was not in the apartment, so that was the only clothing description given, Forgey said.

Cowart told the deputy that Cannon-Spates had left the home in the past for long periods of time without telling anyone where she was, Forgey said.

"We have her entered as a missing person. It has been assigned to a detective and a detective has been trying to run down locations and areas she has been known to frequent," Forgey said.

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