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Police Say Missing Georgia Soldier Spotted Unharmed In Florida

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah police closed their search Friday
for a missing Fort Stewart soldier after investigators found she
had tried to check into a hotel unharmed and alone in West Palm
Beach, Fla.

The whereabouts of 32-year-old Sgt. Charlana McKenzie were still
unknown Friday evening, four days after she failed to pick up her
daughter from school and police launched an intensive search.

But Savannah-Chatham County spokesman Gene Harley said police
were closing their investigation because they were confident
McKenzie left of her own free will and had no criminal warrants
against her.

Police traced McKenzie to a West Palm Beach hotel where she had
tried to check-in Monday using an Army-issue credit card that was
declined.

West Palm Beach city spokesman Chase Scott says Savannah
authorities contacted West Palm Beach police Thursday after they
discovered the transaction. Officers interviewed the hotel clerk,
who identified McKenzie from a photograph. Scott said they also
found surveillance video of her car in the hotel parking lot
Monday.

Scott said authorities were checking all area hotels for
McKenzie's car, but she remains missing.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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