Blairsville, Georgia. Home of the annual Sorghum Festival and Kristi Cornwell. Not much going on in Blairsville, Georgia, most of the time, situated as it is off the Chattahoochee National Forest, but it has been a beehive of activity since Kristi Cornwell went missing last week. According to ABC News, the 38-year-old mother seems to have been taking a walk last Tuesday night, a fairly routine outing for her, when she was abducted right off the side of the county road. Kristi Cornwell was on her cell phone at the time, talking to her boyfriend, who had made a trip to Atlanta that day. The boyfriend said she became nervous because an approaching car had stopped near her. Then she screamed, “Don’t take me!” And then nothing…
Since then, more than 100 personnel from 15 different agencies have scoured the rural northern Georgia county (Union) as well as the small town of Blairsville (population less than 700 in 2000) searching for Kristi Cornwell. Although the boyfriend, Douglas Davis, has not spoken with reporters, he has cooperated with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Little is known about the possible abduction. Some articles known to have belonged to Kristi Cornwell were found along the county road where she was last known to have been. Her cell phone was found three miles from where the point of abduction supposedly occurred. But authorities aren’t disclosing too many details and little is known about the progress — or if there is any progress — in the investigation.
The GBI are currently looking for two vehicles that were seen driving along the county road that night — a large-style white SUV and a tan or gold subcompact car, possibly a Toyota or Nissan. Both of those vehicles were reported as unfamiliar to the area.
Officials are also looking into motive. Kristi Cornwell at one time worked as a probation officer. Enrolled at Dalton State College, Cornwell was taking classes in medical laboratory technology.
Family members report that Douglas Davis, the boyfriend, is not a suspect or a person of interest.
And although law enforcement are not saying so publicly, they also are looking into the possibility that the abduction was staged. Back in May, Bonnie Sweeten staged an elaborate abduction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Calling from a cell phone, Bonnie Sweeten dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that she’d been in an accident. A few minutes later, while Philadelphia Police arrived at the scene of the supposed accident and found nothing, Bonnie Sweeten made six more calls, detailing how she was abducted, thrown into the back of the black Cadillac that hit her (in the aforementioned accident) and her daughter forced into the back of Sweeten’s vehicle.
After a massive manhunt quick police work, Sweeten was discovered on surveillance footage at the airport. She was subsequently found in Orlando, Florida, enjoying herself (with her daughter) at Disney World. She was arrested and taken back to Philadelphia and later charged with making false reports and identity theft.
But Kristi Cornwell’s missing person case may be a crime with a far more sinister motive or intent. The GBI and local law enforcement agencies are asking that anyone with information regarding Cornwell’s whereabouts to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Department at 706-439-6066.