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Missing Florida Mother Of Three Withdrew $20 From ATM And Hasn't Been Seen Since, Family Says

The Belle Isle Police Department has been searching for Stephanie Hollingsworth for nearly two weeks and consider her endangered.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Florida Police Search For Missing Mother Stephanie Hollingsworth

Authorities in Florida are searching for a missing mother who was last seen withdrawing $20 from a local ATM.

The family of Stephanie Chitwood Hollingsworth, 50, last saw her at their home in Belle Isle around noon on Sep. 25, the Belle Isle Police Department said. She took her purse with her when leaving the house in a 2000 Silver Chevrolet Tahoe, but she left her cell phone behind. Bank records show that she used her debit card at a local Bank of America shortly before 2 p.m. that day, but the trail seems to go cold from there, according to police.

Her husband, Scott Hollingsworth, told PEOPLE that his wife withdrew $20 from the bank, but has not been seen since, nor has her car been spotted by any traffic cameras. He said such behavior is out of character, and she would "never voluntarily be away for this long."

Stephanie Hollingsworth Pd

"She basically vanished into thin air," he told the outlet. "It makes no sense."

Hollingsworth is a yoga teacher and the mother of three sons, aged 15, 17, and 21, according to PEOPLE. Police have described her as an endangered adult, as she has several "mental conditions" and "needs care," according to a release issued last month.

Since Hollingsworth's disappearance, her loved ones and members of the community have gathered to search for any clues as to where she might be. A prayer vigil was held on Friday, and volunteers were asked to meet at a local Walmart on Sunday for a search.

The Belle Isle Police Department confirmed Monday there's still and active search for the mother.

"We continue to investigate all leads and are working diligently with other law enforcement agencies to locate Stephanie," police said.

Hollingsworth has brown hair and brown eyes, is 5’4” tall, and weighs approximately 115 pounds, police said. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and pants that were either black or gray. Her car bears a Florida license plate, Y50XUR.

The Belle Isle Police Department has encouraged anyone with any tips to contact them by calling the Orange County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 407-836-4357. Crimeline is also offering a maximum reward of $5,000 for information in the case, and they ask that any interested parties call 800-423-TIPS. 

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