Tammy D. Ables, 43, of Pikeville, Tenn.

Bledsoe County and Pikeville, Tenn., authorities are asking for help finding a local woman who was reported missing on Feb. 23.

Tammy Denise Ables, 43, was last seen by her mother at the Coachman Inn on Main Street in Pikeville on Feb. 15, but Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris said someone saw her in the East Valley Road area on March 1.

Morris said officials believe Ables probably is in good condition but no one has heard from her or seen her in the last several days.

A Pikeville police report filed by Pike ville police Chief Ronald Byrd on Feb. 23 states that Ables' mother, Sharon Lou Gooden, who lives in the Brayton Mountain community near the Rhea County line, reported her daughter missing that day and described her as being 4 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

"More than likely, she's wearing a ball cap," Morris said.

Gooden told police her daughter has some mental issues, according to Byrd and Morris.

"We have had people who have had contact with her and saw her, but we still do not know exactly where she's at," Morris said Friday.

"She was last seen in person on March 1 on Lower East Valley Road by Frankie Swafford's chicken houses," the sheriff said, referring to an area just south of State Route 30, southeast of Pikeville. A woman stopped to see if they could give her a ride but didn't know that she had been reported missing, he said.

Officials said no foul play is suspected in Ables' disappearance.

"We put her in the NCIC [National Crime Information Center] as missing," Byrd said this week. NCIC is the FBI's clearinghouse of crime data, including missing persons reports, that nearly every criminal justice agency in the country can access around the clock.

Morris said Ables disappeared after a family disturbance. Because of her mental issues, Morris said, authorities want to make sure Ables is OK.

Anyone with information on Tammy Ables' whereabouts is asked to call the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office at 423-447-2197, the Pikeville Police Department at 423-447-2585 or Pikeville City Hall at 423-447-2919.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at or or or 423-757-6569.