In what could be a lead in the Kristi Cornwell abduction, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that the person who wrote a letter regarding her grandson to contact them immediately.
The person who wrote the letter is asked to contact Investigator Randy Cook at 557-9882.
“Every lead gives us hope,” Cornwell’s mother, JoAnn Cornwell, said Tuesday. “Anything new gives us more hope than ever. I know they get a lot of tips and many go nowhere. Anything may lead to Kristi being found safe.” On Aug. 11 Kristi Cornwell, then 38, was walking at night near her home on Jones Creek Road in Union County, Ga., when she was apparently abducted. She was talking with her Atlanta boyfriend on her cell phone.
The boyfriend told law enforcement officials he heard a conversation that sounded like she was being abducted. She screamed for help, and that was the last he heard. Her cell phone was later found by a man mowing about three and a half miles form where authorities believe she was abducted.
A Ranger woman later contacted law enforcement officials and told them that on Aug. 2, nine days before Cornwell’s disappearance on Aug. 11, she was walking to the Ranger Community Center about 9 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up from behind and knocked her to the ground. The driver got out and approached the woman, but he returned to his vehicle and drove off as another car approached.
A sketch of the man was distributed to news outlets, including the Cherokee Scout. A sketch of a possible vehicle driven by the alleged would be attacker also was distributed.
Another woman told officials in December that a man who attacked her in June looked similar to the sketch of a man who may have sought to attack the woman in Ranger on Aug. 2.
On June 5, a woman’s vehicle became disabled on U.S. 441, about 10 miles north of Interstate 20 in Morgan County, Ga., according to the Kristi Cornwell Web site. As she was removing battery cables, a man grabbed her from behind. She fought off the attacker and fled the area in her car without seeing the attacker’s vehicle. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic artist sketched the suspect in the Morgan County assault with help from the victim.
During an interview with the victim by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, she said the sketch of the Ranger suspect looked similar to her attacker.
JoAnn Cornwell said Tuesday that a Dec. 20 candlelight celebration of Kristi Cornwell’s 39th birthday in Meeks Park in Blairsville,Ga., was “uplifting. It was a celebration