Search, candlelight vigil held for missing woman

Genia Deason, niece of missing woman Janet Hamner, speaks to members of the press in the parking lot of Moe’s Travel Plaza on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Six months to the day Coker woman Janet Hamner went missing, a search was conducted by her family members on Tuesday, Feb. 11 — also her 60th birthday.

Family members and other volunteers searched along side Highway 82 and wooded areas between the former Dunn’s store back to the Pickens County line. A candlelight vigil was held afterwards.

“Today is her birthday so we as a family felt like we wanted to put together our own search for her.  And then we are going to do a candlelight prayer for her.  Not that we have given up on her. We just want to do it for her,” Hamner’s niece, Genia Deason said.

Hamner was last seen at Moe’s Travel Plaza on U.S. Highway 82 in Tuscaloosa County, just over the Pickens County line, during the early morning hours of Aug. 11.

In the following days after Hamner went missing, sheriff’s deputies and volunteers searched within  a five-mile radius near the travel plaza but did not find her.

Family members are offering a $6,000 reward for information about Hamner’s disappearance.

Deason says the family just wants answers to what happened to her aunt.

“My worst fear is that someone harmed her.  That’s my worst fear but no matter what, I know God has his hands around her today.  I know that,” Deason said.

Anyone who has any information can contact the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 752-0616 or CrimeStoppers at (205) 752-STOP (7867).