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Linda Gale Reed created a frenzy when she disappeared without warning from Copiah County in April 2012. Linda Gale Reed created a frenzy when she disappeared without warning from Copiah County in April 2012.
Five months after Reed disappeared, she was located. Five months after Reed disappeared, she was located.
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Linda Gale Reed created a frenzy when she disappeared without warning from Copiah County in April 2012.

"I don't know how to place a dollar figure on it. When you count, if you were paying the volunteers, the people that came out here and walked these hills. Bless their heart. We had everybody in this county out the day we found her vehicle," said Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones.

But then, her status changed from missing to wanted for embezzlement on Oct. 15. An independent audit, along with a federal investigation revealed money missing from the petty cash fund of the business where she was employed.
 
Reed remains in jail, but she hasn't been indicted.

"She has not been formally charged. She is held under a suspicion of embezzlement, but there has been no formal indictment," explained her attorney John Reeves.

Five months after Reed disappeared, she was located. The story of where she'd been caught many by surprise.

"She was living in Texas under her name, her social security number, openly working two jobs and had joined a church, was in a Sunday school class and all of that," Reeves said.

Her attorney says the fact that she moved out of state is irrelevant to the case against her. But says it's what the public gets hung up on.

"Like momma ought to call the kids and say, 'Hey baby, I'm in Texas. Love ya.' Well, OK. Maybe momma should do that, but momma doesn't have to. It's America. It's a free country. Momma doesn't have to do that if momma doesn't want to," Reeves said.

"[Reed's children and husband] still haven't gotten over it. And I don't know that her husband, Mr. Lou, ever will," Sheriff Jones said.

So what kind of personality does it take for someone to just leave without telling anyone? Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Valverde gave some insight.

"The person that would do this is going to be someone narcissistic in the sense that it's my needs. It's my wants that take precedence over everybody else's. So that there's a limited capacity to understand how this might devastate the people around them," Valverde said.

Initially, Reed's attorney said he wanted her to be mentally evaluated. So what issues could she be dealing with?

"You're struck with dichotomies. Either you have a brilliant very conniving person, or you have someone who is severely psychologically damaged and is operating outside of consciousness. Neither one is a particularly good alternative. But those are the two alternative you have," described Dr. Valverde.

No matter her mental state, Reed could soon be a free woman.

"Don't be surprised if this lady walks out," Reeves said.

A Copiah County Grand Jury met in January but failed to indict Reed for embezzlement.
 
"I think the case against her is strong enough, that there's no way," Jones said.
 
The next Grand Jury is scheduled to meet in June.

"After the next grand jury meets it will have been eight months, and if they don't indict her we'll petition the court at that time to release her," said Reeves.

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