MARYVILLE (WATE) – The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading investigators to the whereabouts of a Maryville missing woman.
The sheriff’s office said Mary Ruth Walker, 69, was reported missing on May 9 by a neighbor. She has not been seen or heard from since May 4.
“It’s like I have lost a part of my life that I don’t know where it’s at,” said Felita Tipton, a close friend of Walker.
Tipton lives next door to Walker. She said she has been her best friend since 1988.
“She has done things with me and for me that no one else has,” she said.
That is what made her disappearance that much more emotional for her. It has been a month since she last saw her best friend.
Deputies said Walker’s vehicle and belongings are still at her home on Butterfly Gap Loop in Maryville. Her friends and family say they fear the worst. Her loved ones say she’s disabled and it’s unlike her to travel without telling anyone.
“I’ve asked the investigator what can I do besides sit here and twiddle my thumbs. He said there is nothing else I can do,” she said.
Tipton has not taken a break from looking for Walker. She said something must be wrong because she would never voluntarily leave.
“She never went anywhere even to her sister-in-law’s over night without telling me she was going,” Tipton said.
Anyone with information on Walker’s whereabouts is asked to call the Blount County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 273-5001. The sheriff’s office also has a text-to-tip line.