Two women from Gwinett County, Georgia are missing and their caretaker might have been involved. Gwinette County Police are searching for Linda Kimble, 59, who was last seen in August, and Linda Williams, 68, who was last heard from in December. Their caretaker, Kishia Mitchell, 50, has also seemed to have disappeared.
Williams' daughter says that she has not spoken to her mother since December of 2019 and has not physically seen her since October of 2019. When the daughter pressed Mitchell for answers involving her mother, Mitchell told her that Williams was transferred to Adult Protective Services (APS). APS has no record of Ms. Williams in their database.
Kimble had been discharged from an area hospital, and into Mitchell's care, in August of 2019 as a "long-term medical placement". Kimble's relatives were unable to see her and couldn't contact her after the placement. The last known address of Mitchell's care facility is now a vacant property.
Shortly after Kimble was reported missing in October, a 26-year-old man walked into a bank and said he had not seen his caretaker, identified as Mitchell, for two days and had not eaten in that time, police said. Officers took the man back to the home, where they found eight other adults and no caretaker. The residents told officers that [they] had not eaten or had access to their medications in several days.
The charges filed against Mitchell stem from that investigation. Police said eight of the nine residents were relocated, and the ninth chose to stay. Kimble was not at the house.
Via Gwinett County:
"Both women are listed as missing on Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC). It is imperative that Linda Williams and Linda Kimble are located so we can make sure their physical and medical needs are being met.
Kishia Mitchell had previously been charged with two counts of Exploitation of a Disabled or Elder Person (OCGA 16-5-102) and two counts of Unlicensed Personal Care Home (OCGA 31-7-12.1). She also has an active warrant for Probation Violation."
This really hits home for a lot of us who have aging parents and loved ones. It's hard to take care of loved ones when you still have to work full-time or when they wish to stay in their home and you live out of state. It's a struggle, believe me, I know, but we've got to be more diligent in vetting who watches our children and our aging or disabled loved one.
This woman was literally housing people in an unlicensed facility and then left them to fend for themselves! Who does that?
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Numbers: 20-013604 (Williams) & 19-091913 (Kimble).