Reward in missing Campbell County woman case increased to $10K

Rhonda Daugherty (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)
Rhonda Daugherty (source: Campbell County Sheriff’s Office)

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – The reward for information in the case of missing Campbell County woman Rhonda Daugherty has been increased to $10,000.

Daugherty was last seen Dec. 2 in the Coolidge area.

She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has auburn hair and hazel eyes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation would not confirm any connection between her disappearance and the search for wanted man Lonnie Vann. Vann, who is wanted for robbery, attended the same church as Daugherty and her husband was listed as a witness called to testify about Vann’s alleged inappropriate conduct with a student.

The victim of that robbery told WATE 6 On Your Side that before Vann allegedly pulled a gun on him, they talked about Daugherty’s disappearance. According to the victim, Vann said he only knew Daugherty and they had attended church together.

Previous story: TBI won’t confirm connection between Campbell County robbery suspect and missing woman

Anyone with information should call 911 or the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 562-7446.

Yellow ribbons contributing to reward

A LaFollette business is contributing to the reward by making special yellow ribbons for Daugherty.

Sister's Furniture and Florals has raised more than $250 so far by making and selling yellow ribbons.
Sister’s Furniture and Florals has raised more than $250 so far by making and selling yellow ribbons.

Sister’s Furniture and Florals has raised more than $250 so far by making and selling the ribbons. That will be added to the $10,000 reward already being offered by the sheriff’s office, with the help of the family and some anonymous donors.

The sheriff’s office says the decision to offer a reward is made on a case by case basis, and while the money offered hasn’t solved the case so far, that could always change.

Shelia Franklin has gone out to buy more yellow ribbon three times so far this week.

Sheila Franklin
Sheila Franklin

“It’s such a small community. People need to come together and do what they can. It’s such a terrible thing for all the families involved,” she said.

It was actually Franklin’s 12-year-old daughter Faith who volunteered her mom and aunt to make the ribbons after seeing the idea on a Facebook page for Rhonda Daugherty.

“I just felt sorry for her family and I would never want it to happen to mine,” said Faith.

The community is taking part.Yellow ribbons now hang on doors and cars around town, even outside the Daugherty home, where she was last seen more than a week ago. Daugherty hasn’t meet her new grandson, just born this week.

“It just felt kind of weird that someone in our community would go missing. It’s just horrific,” said Faith Franklin.

Faith Franklin
Faith Franklin

The ribbons aren’t expensive, only costing a dollar or two, but the Franklins say they show everyone that this town won’t rest until Rhonda Daugherty comes home.

“It makes people aware what can happen just out your back door. You always think something will happen somewhere else, not here at home, but it just goes to show, anything can happen,” said Sheila Franklin.

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