Public’s help sought in finding missing woman

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Marlana Marie “Lane” Jones walked out of a voluntary program atNew Haven Recovery Center nearly two weeks ago and has not beenseen since, a law enforcement official said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’shelp in locating the 24-year-old Lorman woman.

“The family is concerned and we’re looking into it,” saidSheriff Steve Rushing. “We just need to know if she’s OK.”

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Capt. Johnny Hall said Jones, a 5’4″ blue-eyed blond weighingapproximately 135 lbs., climbed out of the window in her room atthe center’s facility for women on Williams Street between midnightand 2 a.m. on Sept. 30. She was last seen by the staff at New Havenaround 11:15 p.m. that night in her room, he said.

The Lorman woman’s disappearance was reported to the sheriff’sdepartment Oct. 5 by her stepmother, Pam Stokes, of Delta, La.,Hall said.

Jones has one visible distinguishing mark, a mole on the leftside of her nose, Hall said. She also had long hair when shedisappeared.

“Her hair may be a bit shorter now,” he said.

Hall said the sheriff’s department has exhausted its sources forinformation leading to Jones and hopes the public may be able toprovide the department with more information.

“She may have made some friends we don’t know about (in thisarea),” Hall said.

The investigator said Jones is not in any legal trouble, butdeputies could keep her location secret if she so desired.

Although Jones’ motive for disappearing is unknown, Hall saidsome people purposefully disappear because of a desire to cutthemselves away from their past.

“We just want to check on her well-being and make sure she’sOK,” he said. “That’s what we’re concerned with. We won’t pass onany information (to the family) she doesn’t want us to.”