published Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Trenton, Ga., woman who disappeared June 4 still missing

HAVE YOU SEEN HER?

Justine “Marie” Creech last was seen the morning of June 4. She was driving a gold 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with no luggage rack. It has a Dade County, Ga., license plate number PGU 3792. If you see her, call the Trenton, Ga., police department at 706-657-4167 or the Dade County Sheriff’s Office at 706-657-3233.

Justine "Marie" Creech disappeared early on a Wednesday morning three weeks ago — and is still missing.

Without warning, the 48-year-old Trenton, Ga., woman, who suffers from depression, got into her minivan and drove off around 7 a.m. on June 4. She was in pajamas, and she left her purse, ID, money, medication, glasses and cell phone at home.

"The family is really tore up," Trenton police Detective Tim Mitchell said. "They're doing everything they can do to try to find her."

Creech's family has posted a $1,000 reward, put up fliers and created a Facebook page about Creech's disappearance to help find her.

"We haven't had a single lead come up," her husband, Terry Creech, said Monday.

He last saw his wife around 5 a.m. the day she disappeared as he left for work. The Creeches share a second-floor apartment on the square in downtown Trenton; their daughter, Sabrina McMath, 27, lives in the apartment next door with her family.

"For her not to be here, it's left a large hole in everything," McMath said.

Marie Creech helped care for McMath's three daughters, ages 7, 6, and 2. Creech, who's worked for about a decade as a Dade County Schools bus driver, also made frequent visits, her daughter said, to three ill friends: one of whom just finished chemotherapy, another who has suffered strokes and a third who is homebound.

"The mom I know wouldn't just walk away," McMath said.

She last saw her mother the night before her disappearance. Creech was worried that night, McMath said, that her doctor was going to make her switch from a depression medication that has been working to a new medication.

"She was in a bad place," her daughter said. "She seemed better that night. She actually slept the whole night through."

The last person to see Creech was their landlord, who said good morning to her around 7 a.m., Mitchell said.

Terry Creech thinks the minivan had enough gas in it to travel about 200 miles.

"She could be in Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham -- anywhere in the Southeast," he said.

Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or twitter.com/TimOmarzu or 423-757-6651.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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