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Search for missing Boaz woman continues, 15 years later

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Christy Morrison Garrard was last seen in a vehicle near Roden Avenue and Highway 431 on August 14, 1998. Christy Morrison Garrard was last seen in a vehicle near Roden Avenue and Highway 431 on August 14, 1998.
BOAZ, AL (WAFF) -

Police in Boaz are keeping up the search in a similar case to the Cleveland, Ohio case.

They're looking for a young woman who's now been missing for 15 years.

Christy Morrison Garrard was also in her early 20s when she went missing, but some believe she is no longer alive.

At Hillcrest Cemetery in Boaz, a tombstone remains for Garrard, but there's no body in the ground.

Family members believe she is no longer alive, but the search for her or her remains continues even today.

Garrard was last seen in a vehicle near Roden Avenue and Highway 431 on August 14, 1998.

Since then, Chief Terry Davis estimates they have followed more than 3,000 leads looking for her.

Two years ago, a skull was found in Lake Guntersville, giving rise it could be hers, but forensic tests later showed it was not.

"You just start over.  You never quit, you just start over.  And that's what we're always going to do.  We're going to keep on starting over every day until we can find out something for the family," Davis said.

He said it is being treated as foul play.

He also said the $10,000 reward is still active today.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Boaz Police.

The first 48 hours can make or break an abduction case. After that, evidence and memories can fade.

The first 48 hours really gives law enforcement the ability to trace the missing person's last steps the easiest, but today authorities have tools they didn't have 10 to 20 years ago.

Investigators often track a person's last actions and contact people who saw them last.

Law enforcement has tools which help locate people and get the word out through the internet and Facebook.

"You can post a story and in 10 minutes if it's that big, it can be nationwide.  Just the speed of being able to relay information now versus what we had 10 years ago is changed many times over," said Albertville Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith.

Law enforcement never really gives up on a missing person's case.

Once the leads come to an end, Smith said cases can be routinely given to another investigator to begin a fresh start until the case is resolved.

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