By Chloe Morrison
With leads dwindling, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson has set up a tip line for anyone with information about missing 911 dispatcher Theresa Parker.
Mrs. Parker has been missing since March 21. Her estranged husband and former LaFayette police sergeant, Sam Parker, is a "person of interest" in the case, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials.
He was fired from the department after authorities found C4 plastic explosives and blasting caps in his work locker while investigating the missing woman case.
Last week, Rome Circuit District Attorney Leigh Patterson was appointed to the case after District Attorney Buzz Franklin disqualified himself because he and his staff have known Mr. Parker "for years."
Ms. Patterson has instructed authorities not to discuss the case, so Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Monday he could say very little even about the tip line.
"One of the purposes (of the line) is obviously to generate information about the Theresa Parker missing person case," he said. "It will streamline information coming in to investigators."
Until now, three telephone numbers were used for the public to call about the case.
The telephone tip line was initiated Friday and the Sheriff's Department began publicizing it Monday, Sheriff Wilson said.
"We are still pleading with anyone who may have information about the disappearance of Theresa Parker to contact law enforcement," he said.
Jonathan Wilson, Mrs. Parker's brother-in-law, said the line could have been up sooner, but he and her family are glad for the new developments.
"(The line) is good news in the family's book," said Mr. Wilson, who is not related to Sheriff Wilson.
Jonathan Wilson said many people have contacted him with information and he is glad there will be a central number to collect information.
"Like my mom told me when we first discovered this tragedy," he said. "She told me 'There is always somebody watching.' "
He said he has the "utmost respect for the (GBI)" and wants to help protect the case.
"It is a sad situation and I would love a conclusion -- good or bad," Mr. Wilson said. "But there are a million places to hide somebody -- dead or alive. ... I don't want investigators to think we are dissatisfied."
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WHOM TO CONTACT
Anyone with information in the case of missing Walker County 911 dispatcher Theresa Parker may call a new tip line at 706-639-CALL (2255). Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.